Partners always have mutually accepted rules that govern how they are with each other: who makes requests, who makes decisions, who gets angry, who makes peace. These rules axe seldom made explicit; they are rarely discussed in the open. Mr. and Mrs. Schlemihl never specifically agreed that she was the boss and that he had to follow her orders, yet they both understand the rules and comply with them. When the rules of the game are observed by both players, nothing goes amiss. Up to now, this would seem to have been the case for the couple in this story.