A&P takes place in a small Massachusetts town. The characters are Sammy (19 and is the cashier) 3 girls, and Lengel (A&P manager) it takes place around 1950/1960s.
The tension of the story increases when 3 girls walk in with bikinis on. It caused Sammy to ring the customers order twice. It also causes Sammy to only focus on the girls. After awhile Lengel comes over and speaks to the girls about the store policy.
After Lengel embarasses the girls for coming into A&P in their bathing suits, Sammy decides he wants to impress them. He yells "I quit"
After yelling " I quit", Lengel warns him about how life is gonna go if he quits but sammy doesn't listen and heads outside to see if the girls are still there.
He goes outside and realizes the girls were long gone, and realizies quitting wasn't the best thing to do afterall and Lengel was right.
Diction: It was told by point of veiw of Sammy, and it drawed into sammys use of diction.