From the bedroom beside the sleeping-porch, his wife's detestably cheerful "Time to get up, Georgie boy," and the itchy sound, the brisk and scratchy sound, of combing hairs out of a stiff brush. (1.3.2).
There are times when Babbitt has a hard time tolerating his wife Myra, especially those times when she's waking him up for work in the morning. You can tell by the words like "itchy," "scratchy," and "stiff" that Babbitt is annoyed by almost everything Myra does. Which is a shame, really, because none of it's her fault.