In "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," what triggers Mitty's second, third, and fourth daydreams? How is he pulled out of each one?

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Mitty's second daydream begins when he drives past a hospital after dropping his wife at the beauty shop. His brilliant medical career ends when the parking lot attendant yells at him to "Back it up, Mac! Look out for the Buick!"

His third daydream begins when a paperboy walks by, selling his papers by shouting about the Waterbury trial. His role as trial defendant ends when he weaves reality into his fantasy by saying "Puppy biscuit," an item on his wife's shopping list; a woman passing by laughs about this to her friend.

Mitty's fourth daydream begins when he picks up a copy of Liberty magazine and starts reading a story about German bombers in World War II. Captain Mitty's military career ends when his wife returns and hits him on the shoulder.

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