In Katherine Mansfield's short story "The Fly," Mr. Woodifield is a former clerk who used to work in the City ("the City" refers to the financial district of London rather than to the entire city). He had to leave work after suffering a stroke and now stays at home with his wife and daughters. On Tuesdays, Mr. Woodifield returns to the City to visit his former workmates. These trips are the highlight of his week, though his wife and daughters imagine that he must be a nuisance to his old friends, who have work to do.
In the story, Mr. Woodifield is paying a visit to his old friend, identified only as "the boss," since he runs the firm. It is not clear whether he was Mr. Woodifield's boss, but the two now meet on approximately equal terms. Mr. Woodifield is the younger of the two, but he seems older, partly due to his vague, aimless demeanor. He is reluctant to leave the boss's office but does not seem to be causing any serious inconvenience, since the boss is proud of his office and likes to have it admired. He invites Woodifield to prolong his stay by offering him whisky, which he is not allowed to drink at home.