The Open Window

The Open Window

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  • The setting of the story probably takes place in the 18th century, in a classical, mid-century home. 
  • Point of view: third person limited Tone: anxious, mysterious, suspenseful
  • Out through that window, three years to the day...
  • The conflict of the story, although we don't know it yet, is character vs. character; Framton vs. Vera.  She is lying to him and he is choosing to believe her based on her innocent and charming appearance.  
  • My husband and brothers will be home directly from shooting , and they always come in this way.
  • Inciting Incident: when Vera begins the story.  The conflict is introduced and the rising action begins as suspense builds.  
  • Main characters: Framton (flat, static), Vera (round, static), Mrs. Sappleton (flat, static)
  • Bertie, why do you bound?
  • Rising action: The first part of the rising action is the continuation of the story.  Suspense continues to build as Vera tells Framton that Mrs. Sappleton's husband and two brothers died tragically of a hunting incident.   
  • Symbolism: Window (Hope and anxiety), Vera (False Appearance)
  • Rising action: Mrs. Sappleton enters the scene, as a hostess for Framton while he seeks a nerve cure.  She begins to set out tea and supper for the men, assuming they will come back, but Vera has characterized her aunt as insane and unaware of the fact that they aren't coming back. 
  • Theme: appearances vs. reality.  First impressions aren't always what you think; be careful who you trust.
  • Climax: Framton sees the men walking across the lawn.  Based on Vera's story, he believes that they are ghosts. 
  • Falling Action:  Framton is so frightened that he runs away, so fast that he never realizes the truth: that he has been lied to. 
  • Resolution: Vera, Mrs. Sappleton, her husband, and two young brothers reunite after the mens' hunting trip, and Vera blames Framton's running away on their spaniel. 
  • I expect it was the spaniel...
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