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Vera Sappleton Character Analysis

Fifteen-year-old Vera greets Mr. Nuttel upon his arrival to the Sappleton home and spins the tragic tale that sends him running away. Immediately described as “very self-possessed,” Vera is an observant, clever, and above all imaginative young woman who handily fools the adults around her with “romance on short notice.” Vera’s name comes from the Latin for truth, and her innocent demeanor makes her tales all the more convincing.

Vera Sappleton Quotes in The Open Window

The The Open Window quotes below are all either spoken by Vera Sappleton or refer to Vera 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:
The Absurdity of Etiquette Theme Icon
). 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

Framton Nuttel endeavoured to say the correct something which should duly flatter the niece of the moment without unduly discounting the aunt that was to come. Privately he doubted more than ever whether these formal visits on a succession of total strangers would do much towards helping the nerve cure which he was supposed to be undergoing.

Related Characters: Framton Nuttel, Vera Sappleton
Page Number: 189
Explanation and Analysis:

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
Explanation and Analysis:

Romance at short notice was her speciality.

Related Characters: Vera Sappleton
Page Number: 191
Explanation and Analysis:
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Vera Sappleton Character Timeline in The Open Window

The timeline below shows where the character Vera Sappleton appears in The Open Window. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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The Absurdity of Etiquette Theme Icon
Innocence and Guile Theme Icon
Vera, a “self-possessed” young woman, greets Framton Nuttel, who has just arrived at her house. Vera... (full context)
The Absurdity of Etiquette Theme Icon
The Romance of Hypochondria  Theme Icon
Mr. Nuttel attempts to think of an appropriate greeting to flatter Vera without going so far as to belittle her aunt, Mrs. Sappleton. He ends up saying... (full context)
The Absurdity of Etiquette Theme Icon
Innocence and Guile Theme Icon
After “sufficient silent communion” has elapsed, Vera asks Mr. Nuttel about his knowledge of the area. Mr. Nuttel replies that he knows... (full context)
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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... (full context)
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The Romance of Hypochondria  Theme Icon
Innocence and Guile Theme Icon
Vera points out a large open window, commenting that Mr. Nuttel may wonder why it has... (full context)
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The Romance of Hypochondria  Theme Icon
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Mr. Nuttel notes that Vera’s voice has become less self-assured, and instead is “falteringly human.” She continues, saying that her... (full context)
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Mrs. Sappleton enters the room, much to Mr. Nuttel’s relief, and asks her guest if Vera has been amusing him. Mrs. Sappleton apologizes to Mr. Nuttel for the open window, remarking... (full context)
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Innocence and Guile Theme Icon
...time for tea. Mr. Nuttel pities her delusion, before catching a look of terror on Vera’s face. (full context)
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...raincoat slung over his arm and another singing “Bertie, why do you bound?”—just as in Vera’s story. (full context)
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The Romance of Hypochondria  Theme Icon
Innocence and Guile Theme Icon
Immediately Vera explains that Mr. Nuttel ran off because of the spaniel, adding that he is scared... (full context)