In Saki's "The Open Window," why does Framton go visit Mrs. Sappleton?

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In Saki's "The Open Window ," Frampton Nuttel is in search of a "restful country spot" in an attempt to cure his fragile nerves. According to his doctors, he is to have "complete rest, an absence of mental excitement, and avoidance of anything in the nature of violent...

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In Saki's "The Open Window," Frampton Nuttel is in search of a "restful country spot" in an attempt to cure his fragile nerves. According to his doctors, he is to have "complete rest, an absence of mental excitement, and avoidance of anything in the nature of violent physical exercise." Frampton visits the home of Mrs. Sappleton at the advice of his sister who feels that he should make acquaintances while there.

Frampton's first encounter as he arrives at the home of Mrs. Sappleton is her niece, Vera. Described as a "very self-possessed young lady of fifteen," Vera discovers that Frampton knows little of Mrs. Sappleton. Taking advantage of an opportunity, she proceeds to share news of her aunt's misfortune. Unfortunately for Frampton, Vera's story and the events to follow are not what the doctors ordered.

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Framton Nuttel, the protagonist of Saki's "The Open Window," goes to visit Mrs. Sappleton upon the advice of a doctor and his sister. Frampton has been diagnosed with a nerve problem and has been advised to go out on a trip visiting complete strangers as a "nerve cure" for his illness.

Essentially, Frampton is a nervous man. A trip is "what the doctor ordered." Upon the advice of his sister, who had previously visited Mrs. Sappleton, Framton includes her home as one of the formal visits he takes in order to both rest and keep himself from seclusion.

Although the trip is meant to calm his nerves, it does everything but do just that. In "reality," Frampton leaves the Sappleton home more nervous than he was when he arrived.

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