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  • Expostion: Mr. Frampton Nuttel arrives at a large house on an October afternoon with an introduction letter in hand, to perhaps help his nervous condition get better.
  • Rising Action: Frampton enters the house and begins speaking with Vera, a young self possessed girl, who tells him about the "tragedy" that occurred that killed her aunt's husband and brothers.
  • Rising Action: After being told about why the family keeps the window open, Frampton meets Mrs. Sappleton who tells him about her husband and brothers' hunting expedition. Frampton believes she's crazy. 
  • Setting: The story takes place in the 1800's, in a large country house in a rural town on an October afternoon.
  • Climax: Mrs. Sappleton announces that "they're back!" and the men and dog are seen walking through the open window. 
  • Point of view: 3rd person, limited Tone: tense, anxious, a little bit mysterious.
  • Falling Action: Alarmed, Frampton jumps up and runs away as fast as he can.
  • Conflict: Internal-character vs self (Framton vs self) External- characters vs character (Framton vs Vera)
  • Resolution: The men come in and ask Mrs. Sappleton about Frampton. Vera lies and tells the family that it was probably because of the dog.
  • Characters: Framton- Flat and static (nervous and anxious). He is flat because he only exhibits one character trait: nervousness. He is static because still at the end of the story, he is nervous and anxious. Vera-Flat and static (confident and deceptive). She seems to only be deceptive and a liar. She is static because she does not change at the end of the story- she still continues to lie.
  • Symbolism: The open window-reality, the true reality of a situation, such as how the men hunting are real. Vera-assumptions/appearance, or the outside first impressions of a situation or person, such as how Vera told Frampton a lie but it was first apparent impression. .
  • Theme: The difference between appearance and reality. There is value in not just judging from first impressions, the story shows that outside appearances are not always the same as the reality of the situation.
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