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The Open Window

by Saki

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How resourceful is Vera in Saki's "The Open Window"?

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In "The Open Window," the last line describes how resourceful Vera is, "Romance at short notice was her speciality."  Knowing that it is customary for her uncles to return from hunting and come through the window rather than traipse mud across the carpets, Vera concocts a story about their not returning one year because they were "engulfed in a treacherous piece of bog."  She creates this tale to horrify the nervous Framton Nuttel whom she is forced to entertain  while her aunt finishes dressing.

When her aunt appears, Vera becomes quiet, but she continues her charade by looking horrified when the 3 men do appear.  Asked by her aunt why Framton bolted, Vera creates another romantic notion: 

he told me he had a hoor of dogs.  He was once hunted into a cemetery ...by a pack of pariah dogs.... 

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