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In "The Open Window," what is Framton's reaction to the arrival of the hunting party?

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The setting of this story is extremely important. The three men have been out shooting birds. Vera sets Framton Nuttel up to believe that they are ghosts when he sees them returning out of the gathering dusk and heading towards the open window. But he wouldn't be quite as terrified by these figures if he thought they were only ghosts. What gives the ghost story an additional "turn of the screw," to borrow from Henry James, is that these three "ghosts" are all carrying guns. The guns present more of a threat than the ghosts. What could the ghosts do to him if they were not armed? They don't even know him. They have nothing against him. They are simply coming home for tea. It is the fact that they are avid hunters that makes Vera's ghost story so effective. They are carrying...

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