On the other hand, it is arguable that rather than ‘suffering emotionally’, the narrator is simply a bored and tired commuter. The narrator describes how the words in newspaper ‘blur in front of her eyes’. The verb ‘blur’ could indicate her tiredness, and therefore her lack of ability to focus on the words. However, this point could be said to lack validity due to the fact that her eyes could have been ‘blur[ring]’ with tears, or the notion that she cannot focus on the words because she is so preoccupied with something else. It seems more likely that this inability to focus is symptomatic of emotional distress.