In ''The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," what tasks are Mitty and his wife carrying out in real life?James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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In James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," Mrs. Mitty has Walter chauffeuring her around town where she gets her hair done and gives him a list of things to do while she is in the beauty shop.  Poor hen-pecked Walter is intimidated by parking-lot attendant and the garageman who mocks him for not being able to remove the snow chains from his tires. 

As Mitty emerges from the shoe store where he buys overshoes, he wonders what he is supposed to purchase next.  After his mind wanders into a daydream, Mitty finally remembers the puppy biscuits and goes to the grocery store.  His tasks completed, he goes to a hotel lobby where he sinks into a large winged armchair to await his domineering wife, lost again in a fantastic daydream.


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