the OPEN WINDOW
Chance usually plays a leading role in the drama of life.
It is always the best policy to speak the truth—unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
PHRASAL VERBS & ADVERBIAL PARTICLES
went off: left away (salieron, partieron)
came back: returned (regresaron)
gave way: collapsed (cedían, se hundían)
went out: left (salieron, partieron)
broke off: trembled with fear or excitement (se estremeció, tembló)
rattled on: went on talking rapidly (continuó parloteando) IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS & GENERAL GLOSSARY
warm for the time of year: you would not expect it to be so warm at this time of year (caluroso para esta época del año)
to a day: exactly (exactamente)
moor: wild, uncultivated land (páramo)
treacherous: because the green grass made the surface look firm (traicionera)
hesitatingly human: the girl's voice broke off, as if she were overcome by her human feeling of pity for her aunt (vacilantemente humana)
Bertie, why do you bound?: a popular song of the early twentieth century. Bound means jump, but here there is a play on words, because bounder means a person whose behaviour is unpleasant to other people (Bertie, ¿por qué saltas?)
creepy: a word used by children, meaning frightening (as if something unpleasant were creeping up one's back) (espantoso, terrorífico)
I hope Vera has been amusing you: an example of Saki's irony (Espero que Vera lo haya entretenido)
directly: immediately (de inmediato)
a fine mess: a sarcastic expression for a lot of-dirt (un soberano lío)
duck: hunters speak of ducks collectively in this way (snipe always has the same form in the singular and plural) (la caza de patos)
IRONY=amusing and strange aspect of a situation that is very different from what you expect; the use of words that say the opposite of what you really mean.
Irony of the situation in a story=irony involving a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended, so that the outcome is contrary to what was expected.
•Once Framton Nuttel visited Sappleton Family •Framton Nuttel suffers bad nerves. •Mr. Nuttel calls on Mrs. Sappleton, a family friend, who can cure bad nerves . •The lady was busy upstairs. •Her niece Vera, talked to Mr.Nuttel . •Vera is self-possessed, calm and confident. •She narrates a story to Mr. Nuttel. •She narrates about the family mishap. •She relates ‘Open Window’ to the family mishap •She is confident, creates suspense and fear. Out through that window, three years ago, her husband and her two young brothers went off for their days shooting. They never came back. In crossing the moor to their favourite shooting ground they were all three engulfed in a treacherous piece of bog........ •Vera cooked up a story and befooled Mr. Nuttel •Vera tells that Mrs. Sappleton is grief-stricken and believes that her husband would come any moment through the window •Mr. Nuttel believes that Sappleton has gone crazy. She falters, She stops, She says:-I almost get a creepy feeling that they will all walk in through that window. She confirmed her niece’s story unintentionally Framton gives details of his ailment Framton looked at the window and was afraid. Lady Sappleton was not giving attention. She was thinking more of her family members. “Here they are at last. Just in time for tea......”she cried. They were coming back home with a song: “I say, Bertie, why do you bound?” Framton shivered in fear. Framton assumed that they were engulfed as Vera told She created fear in him. •Framton thought he was watching a ghost •He grabbed his stick and hat •He ran out of the house and into the street. Mrs. Sappleton told them about Mr Nuttel and his illness. Told them about Mr. Nuttel’s fear of their arrival. Vera says that Mr. Nuttel had a horror of dogs. She added another story that Mr. Nuttel was once hunted by a pack of dogs and had to spend the night in a newly dug grave dogs overhead snarling and grinning and foaming. Enough to make anyone lose their nerve.