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A&P and Other Stories Study Guide

by John Updike

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Ace in the Hole

On the way home from being fired from his job, Ace Anderson yells at a teenager in a car. He stops at his mother's house to pick up his infant daughter, Bonnie, and informs his mother that he has lost his job. Ace's mother is nonchalant about the news and jibes him about his wife, Evey, whom Ace's mother disapproves of. Ace takes Bonnie home, ignoring her while examining himself in the mirror. He finds out a record he set as a high school basketball star 5 years ago will soon be broken. Evey gets home and demands to know what Ace will do now, mocking him about his dreams of becoming a professional basketball player. Evey mutters that she is nearly ready for a divorce, but Ace does not take her seriously. Instead, he dances…

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