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The Open Window
Updated: 10/16/2020
The Open Window
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  • "My aunt will be down presently, Mr. Nuttel"
  • "Then you know practically nothing about my aunt?"
  • Vera greets Mr. Nuttel at the door. She asks if Mr. Nuttel knows anything about her aunt.
  • "Only her name and address"
  • Vera explains the open French doors in a tale about the tragic deaths of her uncles that occurred when they were hunting three years ago.
  • "...they were all three engulfed in a treacherous piece of bog...poor aunt always thinks they will come back one day..."
  • How tragic!
  • Mrs. Sappleton comes in and, unaware of Vera's story, explains the open window by saying that her husband and brothers always come back from hunting through the open window. Mr. Nuttel, still believing Vera's story, thinks that Mrs. Sappleton's talk is unnerving and horrible.
  • "I hope you don't mind the open window. My husband and brothers will be home directly from shooting, and they always come in this way."
  • How horrible!
  • Mr. Nuttel, still in the illusion of Vera's story, tries to change the topic of discussion because he is unnerved by Mrs. Sappletons talk about her husband and brothers as if they were still alive.
  • "The doctors agree in ordering me in complete rest, an absence of mental excitement..."
  • "No?"
  • When Mrs. Sappleton's husband and brothers and the little brown dog return from hunting, Mrs. Sappleton exclaims in joy. Vera, wanting to continue the illusion of her story, pretends to be in shock of her uncle's appearance. Mr. Nuttel, still having Vera's story in mind, thinks he is seeing the ghosts of the men and the dog and dashes from the house.
  • "Here they are at last! Just in time for tea, and don't they look as if they were muddy up to the eyes!"
  • Ghosts!
  • "Bertie, why do you bound?"
  • To explain Mr. Nuttel's dash, Vera makes up a tale about how she thinks his reason for running was the Spaniel. She says that Mr. Nuttel told her that he had a considerable fear of dogs. From this, it is explained and revealed that Vera enjoys to create and tell tales for amusement on short notice. The effect of her lies can now be seen throughout the entire story.
  • "I expect it was the Spaniel. He told me he had a horror of dogs..."
  • "A most extraordinary man, a Mr. Nuttel. Could only talk about his illnesses..."
  • "Who was that who bolted as we came up?"
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