What does this passage tell us about Pooter's relationships with his wife and friends?
The passage shows how the character Charles Pooter treats his wife and friends. He is presented as a pompous self-amusing middle class man whom has little respect for anyone other than himself.
The passage shows his attitude towards his wife, Carrie. The reader is given the impression that Pooter doesn't take his wife seriously and appears to act with immaturity without much concern for how she feels about what he may be doing. Carrie's comment 'You've always got come new-fangled craze' shows the reader that she is speaking to Pooter like he is her child as appose to her husband. Furthermore, 'Carrie was not impressed' when Pooter painted the bath red; again the reaction he has to her disapproval resembles a child's reaction following being told off for an act of mischief around the house. 'I ought to have consulted her' shows his naivety and how his wife holds a band of discipline in which he does not follow.
Although Carrie likes to think she has control over Pooter, the passage implies that he acts almost like a disobedient child. When the paint runs when he is in the bath, he is 'determined not to say a word to Carrie' because he knows that, like a child he will be scorned for it.
Pooter treats his friends with little respect; he makes insulting jokes for his own amusement: 'Its concerning you both; for doesn't it seem odd that Gowing's always coming and Cummings is always going?' The snide comment does not impress his friends and Pooter shows no regard for Cummings and Gowings and the way they were feeling. Furthermore, he was glad that his friends had gone which saved him the trouble of offering them...