What details does Saki give to indicate the identity of the figures mentioned in the following paragraph from "The Open Window"? This is the paragraph from "The Open Window" by Saki: In the...

What details does Saki give to indicate the identity of the figures mentioned in the following paragraph from "The Open Window"?

This is the paragraph from "The Open Window" by Saki:

In the deepening twilight three figures were walking across the lawn towards the window; they all carried guns under their arms, and one of them was additionally burdened with a white coat hung over his shoulders. A tired brown spaniel kept close at their heels. Noiselessly they neared the house, and then a hoarse young voice chanted out of the dusk: “I said, Bertie, why do you bound?”

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The details that identify the people in the cited paragraph come previous to this paragraph in Saki's "The Open Window."  For, when Vera fabricates her "tale of tragedy" about the male members of the Sappleton family, she states that Mr. Stappleton , "her husband," and her two younger brothers went out hunting three years ago.  Vera tells Framton that her aunt has often described the scene to her:

her husband with his white waterproof coat over his arm, and Ronnie, her youngest brother, singing, "Bertie why do you bound?" as he always did to tease her, because she said it got on her nerves.

Now, as Framton sits, mesmerized by Vera's tale, Vera breaks off from her narrative as Mrs. Sappleton appears.  She tells Framton that her husband and her two brothers are due to return from hunting. Shortly after this, the three figures appear, matching the description that Vera has just given.  So, Mr. Sappleton carries his white coat, and the two brothers and their spaniel accompany him. One of Mrs. Sappleton utters the words with which Mrs. Sappleton is annyoyed, "I said, Bertie, why do you bound?"