Poor, unflappable Walter Mitty is never distraught, despite being constantly nagged about his shortcomings by his hen-pecking wife. Walter generally keeps his cool, ignoring the protestations of Mrs. Mitt. He is only slightly upset when he is interrupted from his peaceful daydreaming, which he uses to escape the unhappy life with his wife. Pretending to be a pilot guiding his "eight-engined Navy hydroplane" through dangerous, icy conditions, his wife breaks off his heroic fantasy. When she claims that he is exceeding the speed limit, Walter looks at her in "shocked astonishment."
She seemed grossly unfamiliar, like a strange woman who had yelled at him in a crowd.
Walter silently takes her criticisms as he "raced the engine a little." When she orders him to put on his gloves, he obediently does so; but when she is out of sight, he rebelliously takes them off. When a cop yells at him, Walter guiltily puts the gloves back on again. Walter is never distraught, but only slightly perturbed, though he does seem to enjoy the thought of execution at the end.