| Quote #1
"The Old Man ain't afraid of hell!" . . .
Notice the contrast between Mitty's fantasy and his reality. His dreams compensate for what bothers him about his marriage.
| Quote #2
He looked at his wife, in the seat beside him, with shocked astonishment. She seemed grossly unfamiliar, like a strange woman who had yelled at him in a crowd. (3)
There's a big barrier between Walter and his wife. They don't understand each other to the point where they seem like strangers.
| Quote #3
Once he had tried to take his chains off, outside New Milford, and he had got them wound around the axles. A man had had to come out in a wrecking car and unwind them, a young, grinning garageman. Since then Mrs. Mitty always made him drive to a garage to have the chains taken off. (8)
Because of the way Mrs. Mitty views Walter, others end up seeing him as bumbling or incompetent as well.