7.The Open Window

Open Window

  1. Why had Framton Nuttel come to the “rural retreat”?

Answer: Framton Nuttel was suffering from some neural disease. He had come to the rural
retreat to recuperate from his disease.

 2. Why had his sister given him letters of introduction to people living there?

Answer:- Framton’s sister lived there about three years ago. She knew some people over
there, so she gave letters of introduction. Letters of introduction were to
help him establish some identity for himself.


What had happened in the Sappleton family as narrated by the niece?

Mrs Sappleton’s husband and her two younger brothers went for shooting in
summers about three years back. They got trapped in the muddy ditch and died.


What did Mrs Sappleton say about the open window?

Mrs Sappleton said that her husband and her younger brothers had been on a
shooting spree and she was expecting them to come back through the window. They
always came by that route only. She was waiting for them to come and spoil the
décor of the house.


The horror on the girl’s face made Framton swing around in his seat. What did
he sees?

When Framton swung around he saw a silhouette of three men and dog in the
evening light. Then a hoarse voice was heard shouting at the dog.


Why did Frampton rush out wildly?

On seeing three men approaching the house he must have thought of seeing the
ghosts of three dead men. He was too afraid to stay there. So he fled from that


What was the girl’s explanation for his lightning exit?

The girl said that Frampton was afraid of the dog. Because he had a bad
experience, of being chased by dogs on the banks of the Ganges. There he ended
up spending his night in a graveyard with ferocious animals scaring him
throughout the night.

1. Is this a mystery story? Give a reason for your answer.
-While explaining the mystery behind
the open French window, the events narrated by Mrs Sappleton’s niece manage to
create a sense of foreboding. Later, when the three men approach the open
window, the reader (like Framton) can only logically conclude that they were
ghosts. Hence, one can say that this story does contain elements of the mystery.