The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
How we cite our quotes:
"The Old Man ain't afraid of hell!" . . .
"Not so fast! You're driving too fast!" said Mrs. Mitty. "What are you driving so fast for?" (1-2)
Notice the contrast between Mitty's fantasy and his reality. His dreams compensate for what bothers him about his marriage.
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.
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.