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Vera’s aunt and the lady of the Sappleton home. Though she appears to be somewhat aware of Vera’s penchant for storytelling, Mrs. Sappleton nevertheless fails to detect the prank her niece has pulled on the unsuspecting Mr. Nuttel. Mrs. Sappleton nearly arrives at the truth of the matter, commenting after Mr. Nuttel’s hasty exit that her guest looked as though he’d seen a ghost.

Mrs. Sappleton Quotes in The Open Window

The The Open Window quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. Sappleton or refer to Mrs. Sappleton. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Knopf edition of The Open Window published in 2017.
The Open Window Quotes

Poor aunt always thinks that they will come back some day, they and the little brown spaniel that was lost with them, and walk in at that window just as they used to do. That is why the window is kept open every evening till it is quite dusk. … Do you know, sometimes on still, quiet evenings like this, I almost get a creepy feeling that they will all walk in through that window - "

Related Characters: Vera Sappleton (speaker), Framton Nuttel, Mrs. Sappleton
Related Symbols: The Open Window
Page Number: 190
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She rattled on cheerfully about the shooting and the scarcity of birds, and the prospects for duck in the winter. To Framton it was all purely horrible.

Related Characters: Framton Nuttel, Mrs. Sappleton
Page Number: 190
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"A most extraordinary man, a Mr. Nuttel," said Mrs. Sappleton; "could only talk about his illnesses, and dashed off without a word of good-bye or apology when you arrived. One would think he had seen a ghost."

Related Characters: Mrs. Sappleton (speaker), Framton Nuttel
Page Number: 191
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Mrs. Sappleton Character Timeline in The Open Window

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. Sappleton appears in The Open Window. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Open Window
The Absurdity of Etiquette Theme Icon
The Romance of Hypochondria  Theme Icon
...an appropriate greeting to flatter Vera without going so far as to belittle her aunt, Mrs. Sappleton . He ends up saying nothing. (full context)
The Absurdity of Etiquette Theme Icon
Innocence and Guile Theme Icon
...his knowledge of the area. Mr. Nuttel replies that he knows next to nothing about Mrs. Sappleton , and that his sister is the one who gave him letters of introduction. (full context)
Fiction and Perspective Theme Icon
The Romance of Hypochondria  Theme Icon
Innocence and Guile Theme Icon
Vera tells Mr. Nuttel that Mrs. Sappleton ’s “great tragedy” happened three years prior, after Mr. Nuttel’s sister’s time in the country.... (full context)
The Absurdity of Etiquette Theme Icon
Fiction and Perspective Theme Icon
Mrs. Sappleton enters the room, much to Mr. Nuttel’s relief, and asks her guest if Vera has... (full context)
The Absurdity of Etiquette Theme Icon
Fiction and Perspective Theme Icon
The Romance of Hypochondria  Theme Icon
...are hungry for the least detail of one's ailments and infirmities, their cause and cure.” Mrs. Sappleton barely stifles her yawn. (full context)
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Innocence and Guile Theme Icon
Mrs. Sappleton suddenly brightens to attention to something outside, and then excitedly remarks that her brother and... (full context)
The Absurdity of Etiquette Theme Icon
Fiction and Perspective Theme Icon
The men enter the home, and the one with the white coat asks Mrs. Sappleton who the man running past was. She responds that he was a “most extraordinary gentleman,”... (full context)