The protagonist’s way to communicate with his environment is very special – he communicates with objects in his kitchen by drumming on them. Usually, he hardly communicates with his environment, although his job – as sales agent – is about communication. He has divided his life: his job and nightlife being internal emotionless commands but the drumming being an expression of lonely genuine freedom. These two phases are constantly alternating in his life, creating a rhythm, which prevents the protagonist from perceiving his life as alienation. The scheme of his life complies with that of a child – everything being either an „obligation“ or a „game“, those two things can never be combined.