The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Walter Mitty’s nagging wife. Domineering and demanding, she controls every aspect of her husband’s behavior, from whether he wears his gloves to how fast he drives the car. While she believes she is acting for Mitty’s own good—her insistence that he buy a pair of overshoes, for instance, is part of her ongoing concern about his health—her criticism is often unreasonable, and her tendency to attribute Mitty’s unhappiness to physical illness shows her failure to understand his psychological needs.

Mrs. Mitty Quotes in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The The Secret Life of Walter Mitty quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Mitty or refer to Mrs. Mitty. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Quotes

“Not so fast! You’re driving too fast!” said Mrs. Mitty. “What are you driving so fast for?”

Related Characters: Mrs. Mitty (speaker), Walter Mitty
Related Symbols: Car
Page Number: 55
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He looked at his wife, in the seat beside him, with shocked astonishment. She seemed grossly unfamiliar, like a strange woman who had yelled at him in a crowd.

Related Characters: Walter Mitty, Mrs. Mitty
Page Number: 55
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“Remember to get those overshoes while I’m having my hair done,” she said. “I don’t need overshoes,” said Mitty. She put her mirror back into her bag. “We’ve been all through that,” she said, getting out of the car. “You’re not a young man any longer.” He raced the engine a little.

Related Characters: Mrs. Mitty (speaker), Walter Mitty
Related Symbols: Car, Gloves, Overshoes, Sling, and Handkerchief
Page Number: 55-56
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In a way he hated these weekly trips to town—he was always getting something wrong. Kleenex, he thought, Squibb’s, razor blades? No. Toothpaste, toothbrush, bicarbonate, carborundum, initiative and referendum? He gave it up. But she would remember it. “Where’s the what’s-its-name?” she would ask. “Don’t tell me you forgot the what’s its name.”

Related Characters: Walter Mitty, Mrs. Mitty
Page Number: 58
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“I was thinking,” said Walter Mitty. “Does it ever occur to you that I am sometimes thinking?” She looked at him. “I’m going to take your temperature when I get you home,” she said.

Related Characters: Walter Mitty (speaker), Mrs. Mitty (speaker)
Page Number: 60
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They went out through the revolving doors that made a faintly derisive whistling sound when you pushed them.

Related Characters: Walter Mitty (speaker), Mrs. Mitty (speaker)
Page Number: 60
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Mrs. Mitty Character Timeline in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Mitty appears in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Mrs. Mitty calls out a warning not to drive so fast, and it is revealed that the... (full context)
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...a strange woman who had yelled at him in a crowd.” As his fantasy fades, Mrs. Mitty suggests that he see Dr. Renshaw for a checkup. (full context)
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Walter Mitty drops Mrs. Mitty off at the hair salon. As she gets out of the car, she reminds him... (full context)
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...the axles, and another “young, grinning garageman” had to come and help him. Ever since, Mrs. Mitty has made him drive to a garage whenever the chains need changing. (full context)
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After buying the overshoes, Mitty has trouble remembering what else Mrs. Mitty told him to buy. She often scolds him for getting something wrong in the shopping... (full context)
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Just as Captain Mitty is leaving the dugout to get into the plane, Mrs. Mitty arrives at the hotel and scolds her husband for sitting in a hard-to-find spot and... (full context)
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When Walter Mitty and Mrs. Mitty leave the hotel, the revolving doors make “a faintly derisive whistling sound.” On the way... (full context)