Framton Nuttle moves to the country to improve his health. His sister insists that he get to know his neighbors, and gives him letters of introduction to the families she met while staying there. Framton goes to meet one of his neighbors, Mrs. Stapleton, and while he waits for her, her 15-year-old niece tells him the tragic story about their French window that is always kept open, even in the winter.
Public Domain (P)2014 Phillip J. Mather
One of Saki’s finest pieces, a trickster’s tale where reality and illusion are hard to pin down. Saki’s dry wit is there to the end and full of surprises. You get drawn in to the mystery exactly the way the protagonist does which is a clever trick.
Phillip J. Mather’s narration is absolutely perfect to tell the tale of Mr. Nuttle. He captures the acerbic tone of and sense of loss of the characters, as well as the dark wit that’s there under everything as the story unravels.
I cannot honestly say, as I have not read the print version.
A piece in the middle, but to explain it here would ruin the story, and the end, I think, which explains it all, a very clever touch.
Phillip's upper-class English voice is perfect for the narration of this story, adding a wonderful depth to it.
This is a very good short story with a great twist and enhanced by Phillip J. Mather's excellent narration.
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