The Open Window by Saki

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What is the setting of "The Open Window"?

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The setting is the living room of a big country manor house. The reader may never have seen such a house, but they are frequently shown in movies, notably in adaptations of Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Characteristically, the males who live in these upper-class homes like to hunt fowl and small game. They are stereotypical English country gentlemen. The owners of these houses are usually owners of the surrounding land and derive their incomes from rents paid by tenant farmers. The female occupants have liittle to do, since there are always plenty of servants indoors and ourdoors. The women and girls lead sheltered domestic lives. They wear long dresses with plenty of cumbersome undergarments. Their constricting clothing prevents them from enjoying much activity, which is probably the intention. They read, play music, sing, and engage in conversations. A visitor is a welcome change in their routines, as is the visit of Framton Nuttel in "The Open Window." His tormentor Vera probably would be less mischievous if she had more to do with her time. Boys typically are sent off to school, but girls are typically kept at home. Vera and Framton make good contrasting characters because they are so different in so many respects. She is comfortable in the setting because she lives there, while he is uncomfortable because he is a total stranger and has to force himself to present his letter of introduction. Saki had to invent a reason for Framton, a total stranger, to be there.

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Setting is the time and place in which a story occurs. Sometimes settings are directly stated, other times the reader infers the setting from clues in the story. In the story “The Open...

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