In "The Open Window," Framton Nuttel is characterized as the nervous type. He has taken some time away from things to calm his nerves. He visits the Sappletons in hopes of having a nice, relaxing time. While waiting for Mrs. Sappleton to come down, Nuttel meets Vera. Vera is a fifteen-year-old girl with a mischevious streak.
Obviously, Vera recognizes that Nuttel is the nervous type and she decides to have some fun with him. She begins a tall tale about why Mrs. Sappleton has left the window opened. She mentions that three years ago Mr. Sappleton and his brothers-in-law walked out through the open window to go hunting. Since then, they have not returned.
Now, Mrs. Sappleton is in mourning for her husband. She refuses to close the window in hopes that they will return one day.
Nuttel becomes more anxious as Vera tells her tall tale. Finally, Mrs. Sappleton comes down to meet Nuttel. She has no idea about the tall tale that Vera has shared with Nuttel. Mrs. Sappleton talks of her husband as if he had just gone hunting that morning, which is exactly what had happened. Vera has used her imagination to try and frighten Nuttel.
When Mrs Sappleton sees her husband and brothers, she declares, "Here they are at last!" With this comment, Framton Nuttel is frightened out of his wits and he runs out of the house without saying goodbye. Thanks to Vera, Nuttel leaves with his nerves worse than ever.
Of course, the author agrees that Vera's specialty is making up tales:
As Saki remarks at story's end, making up stories that add a bit of excitement to life, ''romance at short notice," is Vera's specialty.