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Where in A & P does the dramatic conflict become apparent? Whatmoment in the story brings the crisis? What is the climax of the story?
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What part of the story seems to be the exposition? Of what value to thestory is the carefully detailed portrait of Queenie, the leader of the three girls?
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  • The dramatic conflict arrives with the appearance of Lengel, the manager, and his confrontation with the girls. The crisis and climax are practically onebut to be more exact, one might say the crisis is found in paragraph 20: I thought and said No but it wasnt about that I was thinking, in which Sammy is considering his decision, and the climax follows in paragraph 21 when he announces I quit.

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  • The exposition takes up most of the storys first half, through paragraph 10. The expositions carefully detailed portrait of Queenie is essential to the story and to Sammys final decision to defy his boss. She moves gracefully with a commanding presence. Sammy notices every part of her body and praises it with great detail. Sammy is perhaps most intrigued by the fact that she isnt wearing her bathing suits shoulder straps. Stokesie, Sammys married co-worker, almost faints. If she were not such an enthralling Queen, how would she effect such a response in a stranger with whom she barely speaks? While Sammys language is sometimes pedestrianReally, I thought that was so cute (par. 11)he is capable of fresh and accurate insights, as when he describes the way Queenie walks on her bare feet, his comparison of the clean bare plane of her upper chest to a dented sheet of metal tilted in the light (par. 3).


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