“What is it to be bored? Something for women only, no doubt. These women are an unknown tribe. A man is not bored, a man has no time to be bored. A man is either hungry or full, he is involved in business affairs, or he is in the study house, or he sleeps. If he has an extra minute, he smokes a pipe- but bored?” (108) The neighbor is content with his life of learning and cannot understand how his wife is able to feel bored. He has set tasks to do and when they have been accomplished, he sleeps. This presents a vast disconnect between the husband and wife. Not only does he fail to mention her everyday affairs, but he also does not mention any interaction whatsoever with her throughout the day. Never does the neighbor discuss returning home to his wife or spending time with his family. In his spare minutes, he even passes over spending time with his wife in favor of a tobacco pipe and a light. The spotlight rests selfishly on the husband while the wife fades into the background. His statement of women as an “unknown tribe” only further indicates his lack of involvement with his wife. She only appears a mystery because the husband makes no clear effort to understand her situation.
Perec, Icchok Lejb. “In the Mail Coach.” The I. L. Peretz Reader. New Haven: Yale UP, 2002. 107- 08. Print.