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  • The Open Window
    The tone that Saki adopts towards Framton Nuttel is somewhat ironic and gently mocking. In these opening few lines, Saki is introducing us to the story's protagonist, providing us with useful...

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    Saki's short story "The Open Window" is ironic because it ends in an opposite way from what we expect. Early in the story, we think that Framton is visiting the home of an older woman who has...

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  • The Open Window
    Framton Nuttel is a rather nervous young man. In fact, his nerves are so frayed that he's been ordered by his doctors to stay in the country for a rest cure. As well as being nervous, Framton's...

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    Vera's an inveterate teller of tales. We find this out in the very last line of the story: "Romance at short notice was her speciality." She doesn't just spin a yarn to poor old Framton Nuttel;...

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  • The Open Window
    In "The Open Window," as with many of his short stories, Saki effectively satirizes the manners and habits of the upper classes in Edwardian England. Behind the thin veneer of formal politeness,...

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  • The Open Window
    Framton Nuttel: A young man ordered by his doctors to stay in the country to help cure his frayed nerves. He's also rather shy, so his sister thinks it would be a good idea to provide him with some...

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  • The Open Window
    Exposition- The setting of the story is the Sappleton residence. The characters are Framton Nuttel, a nervous young man seeking a rest cure in the country; Vera, a mischievous fifteen year old with...

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    At first, Vera's presented as a rather sweet, demure young lady. This is important because it helps to lull Framton Nuttel into a false sense of security, making Vera's subsequent prank all the...

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  • The Open Window
    At the beginning of the short story, Vera asks Mr. Nuttel several questions concerning whether he is familiar with her aunt or the area. After discovering that Framton Nuttel is an absolutely...

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  • The Open Window
    Sometimes it can be harmless, especially if the prank is small and has no long-term consequences. However, in the modern world of social media, a story can be blown out of proportion. In the case...

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  • The Open Window
    At the beginning of the story, Framton Nuttel arrives at Mrs. Sappleton's home with a letter of introduction and is greeted by her mischievous niece, Vera. Vera initially asks Mr. Nuttel if he...

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  • The Open Window
    In Saki's story "The Open Window," the "bearer of the white Mackintosh" is Mr. Sappleton, who plays a very small role in the story. A Mackintosh is a type of raincoat that became popular in the...

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  • The Open Window
    Essentially, the three hunters advance the plot of the story by appearing at a most opportune moment: right after Mrs. Sappleton's cheerful monologue about her husband and brothers. The hunters'...

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  • The Open Window
    Framton Nuttel is calling on the Sappletons because he feels more or less compelled to do so by his sister. "I know how it will be," his sister had said when he was preparing to migrate to this...

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  • The Open Window
    In Saki's "The Open Window," Vera, a young girl of fifteen, takes advantage of a weak man's ignorance to play a practical joke on him. She sets up the scene perfectly by first asking if he knows...

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    Hector Hugh Munro, better known by his pen-name Saki, was the author of The Open Window. Saki was born in present-day Myanmar in 1870, and in his early childhood he was sent to live with family in...

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  • The Open Window
    Framton Nuttel jumps up and flees the Sappleton's house when he believes that he sees men coming back from the dead. While Vera, Mrs. Sappleton's niece, keeps Framton company as he waits for his...

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  • The Open Window
    In short, Vera (Mrs. Sappleton's niece) causes Framton Nuttel additional distress by telling a story that causes "mental excitement." This is exactly the stress poor Framton Nuttel is trying to...

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    The initiating event in "The Open Window" is the arrival of Framton Nuttel at the home of the Sappletons. He is a complete stranger who comes with a letter of introduction from his sister, a woman...

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  • The Open Window
    Framton Nuttel knows nothing at all about the Sappleton family. He is only calling on them because he was given a letter of introduction by his sister, who seems to have known little about them...

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  • The Open Window
    While a literal meaning for the selection of the name is not something Saki ever explains in detail, the reader can make several connections, drawn by a combination of a play on sounds, words, and...

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  • The Open Window
    It does not seem as though Mrs. Sappleton is necessarily self-absorbed so much as Mr. Nuttel catches her at an inopportune time. Mr. Nuttel has letters of introduction from his sister to give to...

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  • The Open Window
    The title seems to emphasize the importance of the open window in the story. It also sets a somewhat ominous tone. It suggests that something or other is going to cause trouble from the outside....

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  • The Open Window
    One message to the reader of "The Open Window" is that it is often difficult to decipher the truth in a person's narrative about an incident. Moreover, those who possess such talent of being able...

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  • The Open Window
    Vera's fabricated story convinces Mr. Nuttel that she is telling the truth for three main reasons. First, he doesn't personally or casually know the men involved in Vera's story, so there is no...

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  • The Open Window
    A paradox is defined as anyone or anything that is self-contradictory. A paradox can also be something that seems absurd but might express a possible element of truth. Saki's short story "The Open...

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  • The Open Window
    Framton Nuttel never says anything about his medical condition to Vera. Vera has to do most of the talking because Framton is silent and ill at ease with her. He does tell her aunt Mrs. Sappleton...

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  • The Open Window
    In the story, Mrs. Sappleton's niece, Vera, accompanies her story with acutely expressive facial and bodily expressions. It is these dramatic theatrics that cause Framton additional distress. After...

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  • The Open Window
    The author describes exactly what Framton Nuttel saw when he looked through the open French window. In the deepening twilight three figures were walking across the lawn towards the window, they...

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  • The Open Window
    Vera very cautiously and cunningly makes sure that Framton Nuttel is a stranger in this part of the English countryside and would not know anything that would contradict the totally fictitious...

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  • The Open Window
    The answer, however, will depend on your worldview and personal opinion. If you find Vera's actions compelling, you may come to the conclusion that her practical joke is merely humorous. If,...

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  • The Open Window
    When determining author's purpose, think about the acronym P.I.E., which stands for "persuade, inform, entertain." A story's purpose can usually be understood from these three points. The purpose...

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  • The Open Window
    The term "romance" is usually associated with love stories, but the definition of the word, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary includes these meanings: a (1) : a medieval tale...

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  • The Open Window
    In "The Open Window," Vera gains the confidence to fabricate her tale about her aunt's brothers and husband after Framton Nuttel says he knows "[H]ardly a soul" in the area. When Framton first...

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  • The Open Window
    In "The Open Window," Framton Nuttel brings his frayed nerves and letters of introduction to Mrs. Stappleton's home, but flees in terror the same day. Having arrived at the Stappleton home, Framton...

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  • The Open Window
    Framton Nuttel certainly is an unusual name. It helps to characterize the visitor as an odd and eccentric man. The last name of Nuttel must suggest to most readers that the visitor is a little bit...

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  • The Open Window
    Part of the beauty of "The Open Window" is that the reader is taken in by Vera's story just like Framton Nuttel. The reader gets the same uncanny feeling that Framton experiences when he sees Vera...

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  • The Open Window
    The conflict between Vera and Nuttel is an age-old one: It is that of the predatory, ruthless type against the weaker one. Vera obviously is a perceptive, mischievous girl because she immediately...

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  • The Open Window
    Saki created the characters, the setting, and all the elements to suit his purpose, which was to have a visitor think three men approaching a country house were ghosts and to make him flee for his...

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  • The Open Window
    The French window standing open gives Vera the inspiration for her ghost story. She hints that if the three hunters were actually to return, as she claims her aunt has expected them to do for the...

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  • The Open Window
    This is an interesting question. If Vera were my daughter and this event happened in my home, I certainly wouldn't approve of her frightening the wits out of a guest, especially a stranger who was...

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  • The Open Window
    In the story, Vera does indeed show hospitality towards Mr. Nuttel. Her methods are a little unusual, however, and she entertains herself at his expense. As the story begins, we learn Vera, a young...

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  • The Open Window
    Before Mrs. Sappleton arrived to greet the visitor, Vera had prepared Framton Nuttle to believe that her aunt was insane. "Poor aunt always thinks that they will come back someday, they and the...

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  • The Open Window
    Certainly, the weak and timorous hypochondriac, Framton Nuttel, has few, if any positive character traits; on the other hand, while Vera takes advantage of Nuttel, she does have some engaging...

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  • The Open Window
    Framton Nuttel does not seem like a particularly attractive or likeable character. He seems to have been created to serve as the ideal victim for young Vera. He is neurotic and self-centered. Mrs....

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  • The Open Window
    In the story, Framton Nuttel is described as undergoing a "nerve cure." This is significant because it highlights Framton's hypochondriac tendencies and foreshadows his later, agitated response to...

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    Most of the imagery Saki provides in "The Open Window" is in straight prose description. There are three especially striking images in the story. The description of the first two is understood to...

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  • The Open Window
    Framton Nuttel is completely taken in by Vera's story. The same applies to the reader, who believes that the three men approaching the open window must be the ghosts of the three male relatives who...

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  • The Open Window
    Throughout the narration of "The Open Window," Framton Nuttel is depicted as silly and rather pathetic in his efforts to endeavor to "duly flatter" one person while not "unduly discounting" another...

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  • The Open Window
    In Saki's "The Open Window," Framton Nuttel is a stranger to the Sappleton house. Before he is able to speak directly with Mrs. Sappleton, Vera, her niece, asks about him. She wonders if he knows...

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