Vera had inserted several details into her story which insured that Framton Nuttel would recognize the three hunters as the trio who had supposedly been killed exactly three years ago by being sucked into a bog on the moor. She said that they had been accompanied by a little brown spaniel which had died along with them. Her uncle had been carrying his white waterproof coat over his arm, and Bertie, her aunt's youngest brother, had been singing "Bertie, why do you bound?" When Framton sees three figures approaching the open French window "in the deepening twilight," they are all holding guns, one is carrying a white waterproof coat over his arm, they are accompanied by a little brown spaniel, and one of the hunters bursts out singing, "I said, Bertie, why do you bound?" Further evidence that these are the three men who supposedly died three years ago is provided by Vera's aunt who cries, "Here they are at last!" Vera has prepared Framton to view this typical country scene with "a chill shock of nameless fear."
Framton grabbed wildly at his stick and hat; the hall-door, the gravel-drive, and the front gate were dimly-noted states in his headlong retreat. A cyclist coming along the road had to run into the hedge to avoid an imminent collision.
Framton may return to London, where life is stressful but at least not haunted by ghosts carrying guns. No doubt he will report his experience to his sister, who may in turn report it to the local minister, and he might relay it to Mrs. Sappleton; but it will get so garbled in translation that Vera's involvement may never be suspected. On the other hand, the minister, who must be used to hearing people's secrets, may say nothing to anyone, especially since he probably won't be able to understand what happened himself and he already has the impression that Framton Nuttel is mentally and emotionally unstable..