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What is the climax of "The Open Window" and why?

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elfhater0494 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 12, 2008 at 5:14 AM via web

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What is the climax of "The Open Window" and why?

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

Posted October 12, 2008 at 5:33 AM (Answer #1)

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The climax comes in the last sentences of the story when Vera begins make up another story, this time about why Nuttel left so suddenly. The author writes, "Romance at a short notice was her [Vera's] specialty". The reader finally realizes that Vera also made up the story of the husband's death in order to scare Nuttel when the husband returns. We also discover how deceptive and cunning Vera can be, which is the whole point of the story.

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