What does Vera learn about Mr. Nuttel before she begins her story?
Vera knows all about Framton's nervous condition and that he's spending time in the country as a rest cure. She knows this because Framton's sister provided him with introductions to a number of families in the area, one of which is the Sappletons. Now, most people would go out of their way to make sure not to do anything that would excite Framton's frazzled nervous system. But not Vera. As she's such a mischievous young lady with a vivid imagination and a gift for making up stories, she can't resist this golden opportunity to have a bit of fun at poor old Framton's expense. Framton inadvertently makes things easier for Vera by telling her that he doesn't know anyone in the local area. This gives Vera the freedom to make up a shaggy dog tale about Mrs. Sappleton's husband and her two younger brothers.
Frampton Nuttel is in the country visiting people that he never met as a remedy for his nervous condition. When he arrives at the Sappleton home, he is greeted by Vera, Mrs. Sappleton's niece.
The only thing that Vera finds out about Mr. Nuttel is how many people he knows in the area. She asks him if he is familiar with the area, because she would not be able to tell her tall tale if Mr. Nuttel was familiar with the area in the country and its inhabitants.
Once Vera is told that Mr. Nuttel does not know anyone in the country, but has come by way of his sister who is an acquaintance of her aunt's, Vera then goes into the story about her Uncles being lost in the bog.