Describe the author's tone in the scene of Mr.Nuttel's "headlong retreat" in "The Open Window." What words or events help create the tone?

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Framton Nuttel does not tell Vera about his nervous problems, but he explains them to Mrs. Sappleton when she arrives.

"The doctors agree in ordering me complete rest, an absence of mental excitement, and avoidance of anything in the nature of violent physical exercise," announced Framton, who laboured under the tolerably wide-spread delusion that total strangers and chance acquaintances are hungry for the least detail of one's ailments and infirmities, their cause and cure.

It is because Framton wants complete rest, an absence of mental excitement, and an avoidance of anything in the nature of violent physical exercise that the description of his headlong retreat at the end of the story is ironic and funny even though it is purely descriptive. He will not have "complete rest" again for a long time. In fact, he may not be able to sleep at all. He has plenty of mental excitement from believing he has seen three ghosts approaching the house with guns and fearing that they might be chasing...

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