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Herring Snacks Symbol Analysis

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When Sammy hears that Queenie is purchasing the Kingfish Fancy Herring Snacks in Pure Sour Cream for her mother, he immediately imagines the kind of gathering at which these snacks might be served and contrasts the image with the kind of parties his own parents throw. He recognizes that Queenie comes from a higher socioeconomic class than he does, and that to her, "the crowd that runs the A&P must look pretty crummy." This class difference also contributes to the feeling of foreboding Sammy has about his future at the end of the story.
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Herring Snacks Symbol Timeline in A&P

The timeline below shows where the symbol Herring Snacks appears in A&P. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...but an elderly customer reaches Stokesie first. Queenie hands Sammy a jar of Kingfish Fancy Herring Snacks in Pure Sour Cream for 49 cents and pulls a folded dollar bill from the... (full context)
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..."this isn't the beach." Queenie blushes and explains that her mother told her to buy herring snacks , which immediately sets Sammy to imagining the type of high-class background Queenie comes from.... (full context)