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In "The Open Window," what is Framton's reaction to the arrival of the hunting party?
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As he nervously awaits the appearance of Mrs. Stappleton, to whom he will present his letter of introduction, Framton Nuttel converses with the precocious niece, Vera, who asks him if he knows much of her aunt. When Nuttel replies in the negative, Vera confidently launches into her tall tale, a tale of tragedy that accompanied by the openness of the window and the "undefinable something...to suggest masculine habitation," seems so plausible to him that Nuttel is horrified and suffers a nervous setback when he witnesses the three men returning from the hunt:
In a chill shock of nameless fear Framton swung round in his seat and looked...grabbed wildly at his stick and hat...
and fled down the gravel drive and out through the front gate without learning what the reader does; namely, that "Romance at short notice" is, indeed, a talent of Vera. For, ironically, the readers, who have grown to trust the author Saki in his tale, have also been tricked. However, Saki allows the readers to regain their composure and declare that they knew all along that a trick was being played. And, whence comes a second irony: the witty Saki has had his fun disarming the high society of the Edwardian Era, even if he does grant them easier treatment than that of Framton Nuttel.
Posted by mwestwood on December 1, 2012 at 6:35 AM (Answer #1)
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