Bill's behavior becomes progressively more bizarre as he explores the Stones' apartment. Although he does feed the cat, Bill eventually begins to appropriate the Stones' belongings for himself. He takes a bottle of pills that belongs to Harriet and even takes two swigs out of a bottle of Chivas Regal from the liquor cabinet.
Bill later examines all the contents of the kitchen cabinets. He goes through cereals, pots, pans, china, and wine glasses. Then, he looks in the refrigerator, takes out some cheddar cheese and an apple, and begins to eat them. In essence, Bill thinks of the Stones' apartment as a haven of treasures and revels in the experience of exploring every corner of it. Bill's behavior becomes even more bizarre when he later dresses in Jim's and Harriet's clothing. He also pleasures himself on their bed, which leads one to conclude that he is living his neighbors' lives vicariously through his fantasy-fueled excursions.
The story gives us a disturbing image of what can happen when one rejects reality for the novelty of voyeuristic pleasures.