As the interaction between Wallace and his neighbor proceeds, we gain insight into Wallace’s frustration and sense the buildup of tension: “he could hear his own pulse in his ears” (Fowlkes 86). The neighbors continual persistence ultimately leads Wallace to lash out: “Wallace clapped his hand on the man’s shoulder, grabbing a handful of his green jacket” (86). We see Wallace has chosen to unleash his frustration from his loss onto this stranger. The pulse in his ears shows he is getting ready to fight, as he would do in the ring.