What are some examples of foreshadowing in "The Open Window" by Saki?

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Saki's "The Open Window" has a variety of great examples of foreshadowing.

Framton Nuttel in himself is an example of foreshadowing. His name--NUT-tel--gives us an indication that he may be nuts or crazy, which is proves is true by discussing his nervous condition for a good part of the opening of the story.

The open window is also an example of foreshadowing.  The title of the book is almost always an indication of something important that will appear in the book.  The open window obviously plays a central room in story.

Another example of foreshadowing is when Vera asked Framton if he had ever been in the area or met her aunt before.  While it may seem like an innocent question to the reader, Vera is really checking to make sure that she can tell her story to Frampton without his knowing she was lying. 

Lastly, Vera telling her story to Framton foreshadows that she may--and does--tell another story, and that she does it on a regular basis. 


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