In Katherine Mansfield's short story "The Fly," the reader is told that Mr. Woodifield used to work in "the City," the financial district of London. He has been forced into retirement by a stroke and now normally stays at home. However, on Tuesdays, he goes up to London for the day and visits his old friends in the City. His wife and daughters imagine that he must be something of a nuisance to his former coworkers, keeping them talking when they are busy, but these weekly visits clearly give him pleasure.
When "the boss" offers him whisky, it becomes clear just how liberating Woodifield finds these visits. He says that "they" (presumably his wife and the girls) will not let him drink whisky at home. This may be on the advice of his doctor, since his health is poor, but it is clear that he feels their concern is oppressive. The boss feels sorry for Woodifield and is, in fact, quite happy to show his office to the old man and receive his admiration. Woodifield gives the impression of missing various aspects of his old working life, not only the occupation and the sense of doing something useful, but also the male company, since he is surrounded by women at home.