In "The Open Window," what does Vera ask Framton Nuttel to break the silence?  

In "The Open Window," Vera asks Framton whether he knows anybody in the neighborhood. She asks him this not only to break the silence that ensues after she welcomes him into her aunt's house, but also to determine what kind of tales she can concoct to fool him for her own entertainment.

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Vera asks Framton Nuttel whether he knows many people in their locality. She asks him this to break the silence that ensues after she welcomes him into her aunt’s house. Moreover, it would appear that Vera wants to know more about Framton to strategize on how to dupe him using one of her many concocted tales. The story explains that Vera’s specialty was “romance at short notice,” and thus, she probes Framton to ensure that he knows nothing of her aunt and her living circumstances, for she wants to use this as a basis upon which to create a morbid story to scare poor Framton.

When Vera realizes that Framton is a stranger in the locality and that the only link he has with the residents of the locality is letters of introduction given to him by his sister, who lived at the nearby rectory some four years past, she cannot believe her luck. She goes on to fabricate a story about a big tragedy that happened to her aunt, Mrs. Sappleton, some three years past. Vera claims that her aunt...

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