Open window analysis The story Open Window was written by Saki, English writer and journalist of the end of 19 century, who mostly wrote short satire stories. The story is about a young man who wanted to cure his nerves in a quiet peaceful place somewhere in the countryside. Firstly, he visited the house of a woman, who his sister gave a letter to. So, while he was waiting for the woman, her niece was telling him a tragedy about the woman’s husband, three sons and their dog, who went out of the window as usual to go shooting three years ago, but sank in the swamp and were now dead. Finally the woman came, they started talking when her husband and all her three sons were coming towards the house. The young man was frightened and rushed out of the house. The only person who knew why he had done it - the woman’s niece said that probably the young man was afraid of dogs. The action takes place in a rural location, probably in the countryside. We don’t know the exact time, but we can presume that it is the end of the 19th century, the time when Saki lived. Type of narration is third person limited, because we know only the thoughts of the main character. The story is subdivided into some logical parts. The exposition reveals the reasons why Mr Nuttel went to the place and the reason for his visit to the house. In complication the young lady told him about the tragedy, her aunt seems to continue it and the climax is reached when all four men and a dog appear on the horizon. Resolution explains how the other participant of the story understood the behaviour of the young man. The plot of the story is mainly centered on the young man - Framton Nuttel, who is implicitly shown by the author. In the beginning he is depicted as a melancholic, a man of few words, but polite and well-mannered. In the end he was shocked and stressed because of that improvised story of the niece and seeing literally ghosts. Thus he is a round and dynamic character. The niece of the woman is a 15 year old young lady, she is described with the help of repeated epithet self-possessed which the author further changes to the word “the child”. She is also implicitly characterized by the author as an attentive lady with vivid imagination and gallows humor. She is also a good actress, because till the end we don’t know about her false expressions and gestures that she used during their conversation. Once the author used aposiopesis to point out the feelings of her: . Do you know, sometimes on still, quiet evenings like this, I almost get a creepy feeling that they will all walk in through that window - " She broke off with a little shudder?”. In a nutshell, she is a round and static character, because, in the end of the story she continued her legend. Other characters are minor, they appear only in episodes. They are Mrs Sappleton, her husband and three sons. Though, in the middle of the story readers can think that Mrs Sappleton is out of her mind because she is waiting for her dead husband with sons, but later we understand that her behaviour is rather rational. Overall the tone of the story is satirical and humorous. The author used situational irony, we as readers couldn’t predict such an unexpected end of the story. So to support the tone the author used some clues throughout the story "I hope Vera has been amusing you?" she said” which is a rather ironic sentence in the context of what we read about their dialogue. Also we can see emotionally coloured lexis : “bolted out”, “dashed off” to emphasize the strange actions of Mr Nuttel. Saki used a lot of epithets “restful country”, “dreadful part”, “falteringly human”, “a desperate but only partially successful effort” “sympathetic comprehension”, “nameless fear” and oxymoron “silent communion” to show the atmosphere of calm countryside where this awful tragedy took place and then the scare and horror of the young man. Mood of the story is accordingly calm, pensive and sympathetic at the beginning and laughable close to the end. The theme of the story is playing with the emotions of others. The idea is that playing with other people's emotions is a behaviour more of a child than of an adult. The message is that you should treat other people's feelings with respect if you want to be perceived as a grown-up. From my perspective mocking at others even with humour is cruel. If I see the person being made fun of I choose to tell him the truth before the person takes the situation too seriously. Certainly, it needs empathy from me to keep track of the point when the person gets upset, anxious or stressed. I believe that there is enough stress in our live and that there is no need to add more to somebody.