Saki One Pager

By Shauntice, Brett, and Jacob

The Open Window

  • '"Her great tragedy happened just three years ago," said the child; "that would be since your sister's time."'

  • '"Poor aunt always thinks that they will come back someday.....'"

  • '...Three figures were walking across the lawn towards the window, they all carried guns under their arms, and one of them was additionally burdened with a white coat hung over his shoulders. A tired brown spaniel kept close at their heels. Noiselessly they neared the house, and then a hoarse young voice chanted out of the dusk: "I said, Bertie, why do you bound?"'

  • '"I expect it was the spaniel," said the niece calmly; "he told me he had a horror of dogs. He was once hunted into a cemetery somewhere on the banks of the Ganges by a pack of pariah dogs, and had to spend the night in a newly dug grave with the creatures snarling and grinning and foaming just above him. Enough to make anyone lose their nerve."'

These quotes show how the girl manipulated the man throughout the story and made Nuttel think that the family was ghosts.

The Interlopers

  • '...Ulrich had come to be head of his family; if there was a man in the world whom he detested and wished ill to it was Georg Znaeym...'
  • 'But a man who has been brought up under the code of a restraining civilisation cannot easily nerve himself to shoot down his neighbour in cold blood and without word spoken, except for an offence against his hearth and honour.'
  • '"So you're not killed, as you ought to be, but you're caught, anyway," he cried; "caught fast. Ho, what a jest, Ulrich von Gradwitz snared in his stolen forest. There's real justice for you!"'
  • 'Ulrich limited his endeavours to an effort to bring his one partially free arm near enough to his outer coat- pocket to draw out his wine-flask.'
  • '"Could you reach this flask if I threw it over to you?" asked Ulrich suddenly; "there is good wine in it, and one may as well be as comfortable as one can. Let us drink, even if to-night one of us dies."'
  • '"...Neighbour, if you will help me to bury the old quarrel I--I will ask you to be my friend."'
  • '. . . Ulrich von Gradwitz, I will be your friend."'
  • "I can't see distinctly," said Ulrich; "nine or ten,"
  • '"They are making all the speed they can, brave lads," said Ulrich gladly.'

  • '"Wolves."'

These quotes show the shift in the bond between the two characters, which was sought too late, because they were eaten by wolves.


-What happened to the hunters?

They were eaten.

-Why was the man so afraid when they came in through the window?

He thought that the hunters had died, and that they were ghosts or something.

-Why would the young girl tell Mr. Nuttel that information?

To maybe scare him away or just get a laugh.

- Why was the Mr. Nuttel so Nervous after the child's aunt look out into the window repeatedly?

He thought the that Mrs. Sappleton was in disbelief of her husband and children's death.


In my opinion this short story creates suspense. When watching the video listening to the music, created a scary mood. I was very interested in this story. This made me more interested in reading more stories by Saki.