Mr. Framton Nuttel displays three main character traits: self-centeredness, gullibility, and fearfulness.
In terms of self-centeredness, he expresses with “distinct regret” that his sister had provided him with a way to meet some of the locals. This implies that he considers himself superior to others. Later, when Mrs. Sappleton makes her appearance, he swiftly changes the subject, telling her about his health and what the doctor has ordered. While he has good reason, thanks to Vera’s tall story, to not want to listen to Mrs. Sappleton talk about her husband and brothers’ return, he is abrupt and almost rude in the way in which he changes the subject. He assumes that Mrs. Sappleton will be interested in hearing about his health woes, even though she is clearly thinking about her husband’s imminent return.
Mr. Framton Nuttel displays his gullibility when he sees the men and dog returning from the marshes and approaching the window. Instead of thinking logically and realizing that young Vera had been having a good laugh at his expense, he assumes that what he is seeing is an apparition of a group of men and a dog returned from the dead.
Framton’s fear is palpable, and he is so fearful that he nearly causes a collision with a cyclist in the road as he hotfoots it out of there. A reasonable person would have realized quickly that a prank was underway, but Framton responds with extreme fear, to the point that he is unable to think clearly.