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The Open Window

To be able to convince Mr. Nuttel, Vera must be a capable dramatist and romanticist. Romanticism is portrayed by the young Vera when the reader discovers the whole story is an extravagant lie. After Mr. Nuttel’s violent escape and the surprising return of the hunters, the reader learns Vera created the whole story. She plays her part so well that the author reveals in the final line that “Romance at short notice was her specialty.

Part of the reason she is such a capable impromptu composer is that she is so self-possessed and her disregard for others’ feelings leaves her without regret when she plays her prank on Mr. Nuttel. The niece doesn’t care about Mr. Nuttel’s feelings or the stress she is putting on his already debilitated nerves, but is only concerned with the success of her prank. Mr. Nuttel shares after his arrival the circumstances of his visit. Part of his reason for visiting is to relieve his nervous anxiety.

Vera doesn’t care but urthermore uses this to her advantage. Saki denotes in the first line that she is “a very self-possessed young lady. ” Vera’s manipulative and romantic behavior contributes greatly to her self- obsession. Her characteristics allow insight into her life and the lives of the other characters. As we learn the true meaning of the story, we realize that she makes the story truly interesting. Without the niece, “The Open WindoW’ would be a boring waste of time for any reader.

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