My aunt will be down presently, Mr.Nuttel, in the meantime you must try to put up with me.
You may wonder why we keep that window open on an October afternoon...
In the exposition, Framton Nuttel arrives arrives at Mrs. Sappleton's house and is greeted by her niece, Vera. Mr. Nuttel didn't know any one that lived around there. All he knew about Mrs. Sappleton was "Only her name and address..."
Rising Action (continued)
I hope Vera has been amusing you?
She has been very interesting.
While they wait for Mrs. Sappleton, Vera explains to Mr. Nuttel why the window is open.
In the summer three years ago, Mrs.Sappleton's husband, two younger brothers, and their dog went out for their day's shooting. While crossing the moor, they were engulfed in a piece of bog. Their bodies were never found. Mrs.Sappelton thought that if she kept the window open, that they would come back someday through that window they always used to walk in to.
Mrs. Sappleton finally comes down to greet Mr.Nuttel. She begins to talk about the window and how her husband and two brothers will be coming home soon,even though they won't. Mr.Nuttel didn't want to talk about the topic, and could tell that she wasn't giving him her full attention, she was staring at the open window.
Mr.Nuttel looks out the window to see three dark figures walking towards the window. He also saw a brown spaniel close behind them. Suddenly Mr. Nuttel hurried out of the home.
Mrs. Sappelton's husband comes through the window asking who the man was that bolted away so quickly. She told him who he was ,and she also was confused as to why he left so abruptly without a good-bye.