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What is the meaning of Mr. Framton Nuttel's name in "The Open Window"?

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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 traits that help further distinguish the Framton Nuttel's character traits.

First, we must note that there is no physical description of Framton, except that he suffers from a nervous condition that renders him awkward and unable to conduct himself with the social decorum expected by one who is going to ask for an act of kindness from a stranger. He is odd from the very start, when he...

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