Point of view:  Through whose eyes do you obtain the view of Mrs. Mitty when it states that she wanted Mr. Mitty to be waiting at the hotel for her?

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The story is written in the third person throughout, so we are observing her desires through the narrator. We are told:

She didn't like to get to the hotel first, she would want him to be there waiting for her as usual.

The wish she has to arrive after him and have him waiting indicates that she needs to be in control and that she likes her husband to be at her beck and call; in fact she expects it. She is frustrated when he is there before her, but is obviously not focused on her arrival:

 "I've been looking all over this hotel for you," said Mrs. Mitty. "Why do you have to hide in this old chair? How did you expect me to find you?"

Thurber presentes her questioning as interrogation to reflect the militaristic settings in which Mitty projects himself. Also, we are given an insight into her nagging, accusatory nature and the way she cruelly belittles her husband:

She looked at him. "I'm going to take your temperature when I get you home," she said.

 

 

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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