Dave Dyer, the druggist, was a stolid and unimaginative owner of an untidy store with a "greasy marble soda fountain." His wife, Maud, described him as "mean and noisy." She herself was "neurotic, religiocentric, faded." She would have liked to make a trip to New York, but her stingy husband would never agree to such an expense. Dr. Kennicott realized that a vacation from her spouse would be the best therapy for her, but he also knew that such a procedure could not be considered. Instead, Mrs. Dyer tried to carry on an affair with the doctor himself.