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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

by James Thurber

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Quote #1

Since then Mrs. Mitty always made him drive to a garage to have the chains taken off. The next time, he thought, I'll wear my right arm in a sling; they won't grin at me then. I'll have my right arm in a sling and they'll see I couldn't possibly take the chains off myself. He kicked at the slush on the sidewalk. (8)

Walter resents the way those around him see him; his dissatisfaction with reality has a lot to do with his image.

Quote #2

"Puppy biscuit," said Walter Mitty. He stopped walking and the buildings of Waterbury rose up out of the misty courtroom and surrounded him again. A woman who was passing laughed. "He said 'Puppy biscuit,'" she said to her companion. "That man said 'Puppy biscuit' to himself." Walter Mitty hurried on. (11)

This is what so bothers Mitty about the real world; others don't understand him and misconstrue his actions.

Quote #3

They went out through the revolving doors that made a faintly derisive whistling sound when you pushed them. (15)

In Mitty's mind, even the doors are making fun of him!

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