The Open Window by Saki

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What is one example of irony in "The Open Window," and what type of irony is it?

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There is a truly delicious irony in Vera's name. Vera is the Latin word for truth, and yet this mischievous young lady has shown herself constitutionally incapable of telling the truth. A chronic teller of tall-tales whose name is truth is ironic indeed. This is an example of verbal irony.

Vera also provides us with an example of dramatic irony when she spins her tale about Framton Nuttel being afraid of dogs. We know full well this isn't true, but her family seems utterly convinced.

And there's also an example of situational irony when Mr. Sappleton and his brothers return home from their hunting...

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There is verbal irony in The Open Window by Saki, because Vera talks about a "tragedy" that had occurred; however, she knew that the "tragedy" was a lie, when Framton Nuttel believed this story to be true.

You can tell that Vera is lying because at the end of the short story, Vera mentions how Mr. Nuttel had developed a fear of dogs, so must of been afraid of the spaniel. The reader heard the only conversations between Vera and Mr. Nuttel, and it never mentioned anything about dogs...

What the names in The Open Window mean relative to the content of the story:

Mrs. Sappleton: "sap" = fool; believes anything or taken advantage if easily

Framton Nuttel: "framton" = frantic , "nut" = crazy

Vera: "ver" = veer people off in the wrong direction , "vera" = truth (so there is irony within the names as well).