What internal struggles does Framton face in the exposition and how do you think they will be resolved?"The Open Window" by Saki

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In the exposition of Saki's "The Open Window," Framton Nuttel is clearly uncomfortable and nervous, for he tries to

say the correct something that should duly flatter the niece of the moment without unduly discounting the aunt that was to come.

To himself, Framton doubts that the visits to total strangers that his sister has prescribed for his "nerve cure" will be successful. He sits silently in this discomfort until the niece seemingly makes polite conversation by asking him if he knows many of the residents in her area.  In reply, Framton tells her that he knows almost no one; he simply has letters of introduction from his sister. 

With this early, somewhat awkward, conversation with Mrs. Sappleton's niece, the reader may surmise that Framton Nuttel will remain on edge and his struggles to overcome his discomfort with strangers will not be resolved and the sister's good intentions will be thrawted by Vera's "Romance at short notice."