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Why Customers Are "sheep"

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Follow the link to read the story A&P. Read the fifth paragraph paying close attention from the middle to the end of the paragraph, beginning with the sentence: “The sheep pushing their carts down the aisle.”

The narrator describes the other customers saying they were,

sheep pushing their carts down the aisle.” In contrast to his description of the girls, who he points out were “walking against the usual traffic (not that we have one-way signs or anything).” He concludes the other customers “were pretty hilarious. You could see them, when Queenie's white shoulders dawned on them, kind of jerk, or hop, or hiccup, but their eyes snapped back to their own baskets and on they pushed.

What is the narrator suggesting about the other customers in this incident when he calls them “sheep”?

A

They were banal and commonplace versus innovative and avant-garde.

B

They were old and dowdy versus young and beautiful.

C

They were shy and insular versus gregarious and extraverted.

D

They were lame and pathetic versus vibrant and cheerful.

E

They were stupid and immature versus intelligent and august.