What are the tones in "The Open Window" by Saki?

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The overall tone is playful and humorous. It is clear quite early on that the author does not have much regard for poor old Framton Nuttal. Saki's point of view is reflected in the character of Vera. She is a very bright, perceptive, young lady, and she is rather mischievous. When she meets Framton, all nervous and fidgety, she immediately senses an irresistible opportunity for a good old-fashioned leg-pull. Somehow, she manages to keep up the pretense of her ghost story, even affecting a look of pure horror as the three men approach the house in the enveloping twilight. It would seem that she is something of an expert at this. We are vindicated in this assessment by the elaborate story she concocts on the spot regarding the recently vanished Framton:

He was once hunted into a cemetery somewhere on the banks of the Ganges by a pack of pariah dogs, and had to spend the night in a newly dug grave with the creatures snarling and grinning and foaming just above him. Enough to make anyone lose their nerve.

If Vera represents Saki, then we are placed in the same invidious position as the hapless Framton Nuttal. Vera appears to engage in seemingly banal pleasantries with Framton, but in reality, she is carefully feeling him out, trying to see whether or not he is likely to fall for her joke. As readers, we are also suckered into playing along with Vera's little parlor game, fooled as we are by her demure gentility.

Romance at short notice was her speciality.

Yes, and much the same could be said for the author of "The Open Window." We may not suddenly run away like poor old Framton Nuttal, but, like him, we have been well and truly duped by the mischievous Vera.

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The TONE of a literary work entails the attitude with which the story is being narrated. It is an attitude that shows the underlying feeling toward the subject, a character, or a situation. 

In "The Open Window," there is a consistent, underlying tone of mockery that stems from the characterization of Framton Nuttel.  His narrative is rife with mentions of a nervous condition that is unique in that it is aggravating, even to his own sister. 

..you will bury yourself down there and not speak to a living soul, and your nerves will be worse than ever from moping. I shall just give you letters of introduction to all the people I know there..

There is no compassion toward Framton despite of his condition, which makes the reader wonder if Roald Dahl is being cruel, or humorous. Given that his style is one to never pass on a chance to be sarcastic, ironic, or dark in humor, we should read the commentary on Framton, and his situation, as a comical one where a young woman takes full advantage of a much older- and much weaker- man. 

From that point, the other tones come from the nested tale of the supposed trip that left three men and a dog nowhere to be found. For this story, Vera adopts a dark, thrilling, and frightening tone that aims to scare Framton, thus making his condition even worse.

Framton's own tone is nervous, inconsistent and frazzled. At no time does he change his tendency to make himself vulnerable, and this leaves the reader almost chuckling in the end, when Framton finally loses it and takes off running out of the house. 

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