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The Open Window: Introduction
The Open Window: Plot Summary
The Open Window: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Open Window: Themes
The Open Window: Quotes
The Open Window: Characters
The Open Window: Symbols
The Open Window: Literary Devices
The Open Window: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Saki
Historical Context of The Open Window
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- Full Title: The Open Window
- When Written: 1914
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 1914
- Literary Period: Edwardian
- Genre: Short story
- Setting: An English country house in the early twentieth century
- Climax: Thinking he is seeing ghosts enter the Sappleton home through an open window, Framton Nuttel runs away in horror, much to the confusion of his host.
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for The Open Window
Nom de Plume. The exact origin of the pen name Saki remains up for debate. It may be in reference to an ancient Persian poem, or a South American monkey of same name.
Private Life. Saki never married and is believed to have been gay. Because homosexuality was considered a crime in Britain at the time, he was forced to keep this part of his identity hidden.