The Open Window

by

Saki

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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:

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
Explanation and Analysis:

"The doctors agree in ordering me complete rest, an absence of mental excitement, and avoidance of anything in the nature of violent physical exercise," announced Framton, who laboured under the tolerably wide-spread delusion that total strangers and chance acquaintances are hungry for the least detail of one's ailments and infirmities, their cause and cure.

Related Characters: Framton Nuttel
Page Number: 190
Explanation and Analysis:

In the deepening twilight three figures were walking across the lawn towards the window; they all carried guns under their arms, and one of them was additionally burdened with a white coat hung over his shoulders. A tired brown spaniel kept close at their heels. Noiselessly they neared the house, and then a hoarse young voice chanted out of the dusk: "I said, Bertie, why do you bound?"

Related Characters: Framton Nuttel, Ronnie
Page Number: 191
Explanation and Analysis:

"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
Explanation and Analysis:

Romance at short notice was her speciality.

Related Characters: Vera Sappleton
Page Number: 191
Explanation and Analysis:
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