The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
by James Thurber
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Versions of Reality Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Paragraph)
"WE'RE going through!" The Commander's voice was like thin ice breaking. (1)
Notice that we begin the story in Walter's mind. This is good evidence for the argument that dreams and not reality dominate the plotline.
The pounding of the cylinders increased: ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa. (1)
Notice how elements of reality are incorporated into Mitty's dreams. In this case, he reinterprets the sound of the car as the sound of the hydroplane.