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The one that caught my eye first was the one in the plaid green two-piece. She was a chunky kid, with a good tan and a sweet broad soft-looking can with those two crescents of white just under it, where the sun never seems to hit, at the top of the backs of her legs.
I stood there with my hand on a box of HiHo crackers trying to remember if I rang it up or not. I ring it up again and the customer starts giving me hell.
She was the queen. She kind of led them, the other two peeking around and making their shoulders round. They were off her shoulders looped loose around the cool tops of her arms, and I guess as a result the suit had slipped a little on her, so all around the top of the cloth there was this shining rim.
With the straps pushed off, there was nothing between the top of the suit and the top of her head except just her, this clean bare plane of the top of her chest down from the shoulder bones like a dented sheet of metal tilted in the light.
I mean, it was more than pretty. She had sort of oaky hair that the sun and salt had bleached, done up in a bun that was unravelling, and a kind of prim face. The longer her neck was, the more of her there was.
She kept her eyes moving across the racks, and stopped, and turned so slow it made my stomach rub the inside of my apron, and buzzed to the other two, who kind of huddled against her for relief, and they all three of them went up the cat-and-dog-food-breakfast-cereal-macaroni-ri ce-raisins-seasonings-spreads-spaghetti-soft drinks- rackers-and- cookies aisle.
From the third slot I look straight up this aisle to the meat counter, and I watched them all the way.
The fat one with the tan sort of fumbled with the cookies, but on second thought she put the packages back. The sheep pushing their carts down the aisle -- the girls were walking against the usual traffic not that we have one-way signs or anything -- were pretty hilarious.
But there was no doubt, this jiggled them. A few house-slaves in pin curlers even looked around after pushing their carts past to make sure what they had seen was correct. And anyway these are usually women with six children and varicose veins mapping their legs and nobody, including them, could care less.
The girls had reached the meat counter and were asking McMahon something. He pointed, they pointed, and they shuffled out of sight behind a pyramid of Diet Delight peaches. All that was left for us to see was old McMahon patting his mouth and looking after them sizing up their joints.
Now here comes the sad part of the story, at: After a while they come around out of the far aisle, around the light bulbs, records at discount of the Caribbean Six or Tony Martin Sings or some such gunk you wonder they waste the wax on, sixpacks of candy bars, and plastic toys done up in cellophane that faIl apart when a kid looks at them anyway.
Around they come, Queenie still leading the way, and holding a little gray jar in her hand. Queenie puts down the jar and I take it into my fingers icy cold. Still with that prim look she lifts a folded dollar bill out of the hollow at the center of her nubbled pink top.
The jar went heavy in my hand. Really, I thought that was so cute. Lengel comes in from haggling with a truck full of cabbages on the lot and is about to scuttle into that door marked MANAGER behind which he hides all day when the girls touch his eye.“A & P” is a short initiation story in which the young protagonist, in a gesture of empty heroism, quits his job at the supermarket because the manager has embarrassed three girls—and learns.
In an interview in The Paris Review (), John Updike denies that characterization is a primary goal of fiction.
While he believes that narratives can contain psychological insights, he argues that the “substance” of a story is the “appetite for motion, for suspense, for resolution.
A brief closing chapter attempts an overview of Updike's career to date, especially on his use of myths and patterns as a commentary on .
by john updike In walks these three girls in nothing but bathing suits. I'm in the third check-out slot, with my back to the door, so I don't see them until they're over by the bread. The one that caught my eye first was the one in the plaid green two-piece.
She was a chunky kid, with a good tan and a sweet broad soft-looking can with those two. John Updike: Collected Early Stories is kept in print by a gift from Kevin Morris to the Guardians of American Letters Fund. John Updike: Collected Later Stories is kept in print by a gift from Kevin Morris to the Guardians of American Letters Fund.
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