However, this persona disappears when the three girls enter the store in bathing suits. As these girls have a disruptive effect on the usual order of the store. Causing Sammy to become distracted and make an error in a customers transaction. The girls move against the traffic flow of the
Her clothes were nice enough to where it did look like she bought her clothes there and that was another one of her “white lies” that she told. She didn’t want people knowing that she actually can’t afford to buy clothes from there. She didn’t want people to know that she lives by the railroad tracks, which is a section of the town that’s considered poor. She didn’t want to be labeled as not good enough, so instead she made people believe that she was
Unfortunately, Lengal, the store manager, finds this attire inappropriate. Sammy is determined to defend the three girls and quits his job in a show of defiance. Sammy is an observant, immature, and rash character, but has an honourable heart and stands up for what he believes in. Sammy pays incredible attention to detail. He notices each of the girls’ individual
Nanny who has been Janie’s caretaker has several hopes and dreams for her granddaughter. Nanny is not entirely perfect at her job of raising Janie, since her dreams for her are clouded by her own scarring experiences. Nanny attempts to insure a better life for Janie by forcing her to marry Logan Killicks, an old and wealthy man. Blinded by her own dreams, hopes, and desires, Nanny makes many impositions on Janie, “Have some sympathy fuh me. Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate” (Hurston 20).
Lengel was on his was back in from being outside dealing with the cabbage delivery truck. On his way to his office Lengel notice the girls and thinks to himself what the heck is going on. Why are these girls in nothing but there bathing suits? He teacher Sunday school so makes him kind of a stickler for rules. Mr. Lengel approaches the girls and says, “Girls, this isn’t the beach.” Updike’s decision to choose to write in 1st person-naïve is an excellent choice to show the inner working of a show that individual in the process of becoming of age.
“In walks 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 are over by the bread” (Updike 142). “A few house-slaves in pin curlers even looked around after pushing their carts past to make sure what they had seen was correct” (Updike 144). These quotes set the tone for the story and shows these three new characters are certainly out of the norm and not what this small town grocery store is used to seeing. Updike uses some descriptive language that reveals his affection for the girls.
Which the girls respond, “We are decent”. Blushing, the girls seem to feel embarrassed and uncomfortable. Disliking how Lengel speaks to the girls, Sammy decides to take a dramatic step and quits his job. He tries to impress the girls with this gesture, but the girls had already left. This
As if to show that she is like a blooming flower with a radiant white skin that “dawned” the other customers, she and her girls strode along the aisle with their bare foot. They are clearly do not care about what other people think about their behavior. Updike also contradicts Queenie’s attitude with her other two friends, from Sammy’s point of view, they do seem a bit uncomfortable being the center of attention for something that they know is wrong. What Updike tries to tell his readers is, not all girls are bold as Queenie in provoking the social norm for being decent by taking the risks of being humiliated
However, Lengel the manager in the story and lives by the society rules and regulations that have been set by others to govern others. The three girls in bikinis that are in the store strike out against the classic forms that have been given, but Lengel wants to keep control in his store. In history citizens had the caste systems; now there are amendments and laws that govern us. Lincoln stating in the famous Gettysburg address "government of the people, by the people, for the people”; is how society rules its people. But, yet people say they have more power over others just by their title or status in
While I worked at outback this is how I felt about the people coming in ready to spend their money and workers. On the last straw Sammy quits because the girls, and how does not want to be perceived as a Lengel or Stokesie by the girls to get them. My last straw was being asked too much of and constant rule switching between the managers, so I said “this is bullshit” and shortly walking out after