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Bathing Suits and Context

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Follow the link to read the story A&P, starting with paragraph 6.

The text reads:

You know, it's one thing to have a girl in a bathing suit down on the beach, where what with the glare nobody can look at each other much anyway, and another thing in the cool of the A&P under the fluorescent lights, against all those stacked packages, with her feet paddling along naked over our checkerboard green-and-cream rubber tile floor.

From the perspective of the narrator, what did the context of the A&P do to the girls’ bathing attire?

A

It revealed the inherent immodesty of their suits.

B

It exposed society’s comfort level with a custom that is not actually comfortable.

C

It reinforced the inappropriate nature of the girls’ clothing choice.

D

It drew greater attention and attraction to the girls’ exposed skin.

E

It demonstrated courageous clothing choices that others should follow.