The Open Window Topics for Further Study
by Saki

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Topics for Further Study

(Short Stories for Students)

What different things does the open window in the story symbolize to the characters? Give some other examples of symbols that mean different things to different people.

Has the country provided Mr. Nuttel with a respite from his nervous condition? What does this say about the nature of his nervous condition?

When and how do readers know that Mrs. Sappleton's niece has been lying? Once it is revealed that she has been lying, can you find anything earlier in the story that, in retrospect, might seem like a clue to her deception?

Try to formulate a theory about why Mrs. Sappleton's niece would behave in this way. Is she sinister? Bored? Both?