A&P and Other Stories Characters
by John Updike
Freddy "Ace" AndersonThe protagonist of "Ace in the Hole." Ace is a profoundly depressed husband and father who reminisces frequently about his time as a high-school basketball star.
EveyAce Anderson's pragmatic wife. She is Roman Catholic and alternates rapidly between friendly sarcasm and vindictiveness.
Ace's motherAce's mother watches her granddaughter, Bonnie, while Ace and Evey are at work. She loves her son, defending him when he gets fired, while constantly complaining about Evey.
GoldmanAce Anderson’s former boss who fires him for a parking mishap before the narrative of “Ace in the Hole” begins.
BonnieAce Anderson’s infant daughter.
Coach BehnAce Anderson’s high-school basketball coach. Ace thinks of him often and fondly.
SammyA 19-year-old cashier at an A & P supermarket, and the narrator of "A & P." He quits his job in a fit of teen angst and sexual attraction.
StokesieA male cashier at A & P.
QueenieA beautiful young woman who shops at the A & P with her friends wearing nothing but a bathing suit.
McMahonThe butcher at A & P.
LengelThe straight-laced manager of A & P.
David KernThe fourteen-year-old main character of "Pigeon Feathers." He is consumed by fears of mortality, and seeks out answers in books, at church, and in the natural world.
Elsie KernDavid's kindly mother, who appreciates nature and is closely attuned to the people around her.
George KernDavid's overbearing father is a schoolteacher with a very negative outlook on life. He hates living on a farm and resents his wife's affinity for organic farming.
GranmomDavid Kern's maternal grandmother, who lives with his family and is afflicted by Parkinson's disease.
Reverend DobsonThe Lutheran minister of the Kerns' church. He is unable to give adequate answers when David questions him about the afterlife in Sunday school.
BoyerThe wealthy man from whom the Kerns bought their farm.
Anita HaierDavid's Sunday school classmate. She giggles at his questions during class. Her father, head of the most influential family in Firetown, drops David off after class.
Richard Maple"Separating" is told from the perspective of its protagonist, Richard Maple, a husband and father to four children.
Joan MapleThe down-to-earth but self-absorbed wife and mother in "Separating."
Judith MapleThe sophisticated eldest Maple daughter who has just returned from studying abroad in "Separating."
Dickie MapleThe second-eldest Maple child. He has just started college and is at home for the summer. He works at a golf course. Richard refers to him as his "conscience."
John MapleRichard and Joan's youngest son John is 15 at the time of "Separating." He acts immaturely when told of his parents' split and is more concerned with escaping his own miserable experiences at school.
Margaret MapleThe youngest Maple child, 13.
FogelFogel is an irritable 62-year-old man and the main character of "Short Easter." He is very conscious of his aging and is plagued by memories of missed opportunities.
Fogel's wifeFogel's spry, energetic wife frequently nags him to do chores and abandon his "doddery" old-man habits. Although she is arguably more youthful than he is, Fogel nevertheless longs for a younger wife who would have more sympathy for his problems.
The AllisonsThe hosts of the brunch Fogel attends with his wife in “Short Easter.”
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- Glossary of Terms
- Major Themes
- Quotes and Analysis
- Summary and Analysis of Ace in the Hole
- Summary and Analysis of A & P, Part 1
- Summary and Analysis of A & P, Part 2
- Summary and Analysis of A & P, Part 3
- Summary and Analysis of Pigeon Feathers
- Summary and Analysis of Separating
- Summary and Analysis of Short Easter
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