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In "The Open Window" by Saki, what does "Romance at short notice was her...

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wrbarton | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 6, 2008 at 12:27 PM via web

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In "The Open Window" by Saki, what does "Romance at short notice was her speciality" mean about Vera's character?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 7, 2008 at 1:38 AM (Answer #1)

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It means that Vera can make up a good story in a moment's notice, or very quickly. She has just demonstrated this quality by telling Nuttel the story of "The Open Window" and again when she is asked why Nuttel left so quickly. She lies and makes up stories that she tells to other people just to amuse herself. She does not seem to care about the consequences of her fictional work on others. Poor Nuttel is driven insane but Vera simply goes on and makes up another story.

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careemahchoong | Student, College Freshman | eNoter

Posted December 4, 2011 at 10:05 PM (Answer #2)

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In this context Saki uses the word "Romance" to mean made-up stories of a wild or improbable nature. This meaning of the word is older than the modern association with falling in love(although this usage was also known in Saki's time.) It used to be quite common to accuse someone of "romancing" if they told you a tall or improbable story.

She took advantage of Mt Nuttel ignorance to deceive and make fun of him.She is careless what is the implication of her action .It may further detiorate his medical case.

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