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Task 2 - Part II (5 points out of 10)

Read the text and do the task. Decide whether each statement is, according to the text, true, false or not mentioned. Choose the appropriate answer.
The open window
“Do you know many of the people round here?” asked the niece, when she judged that they had had sufficient silent communication.

“Hardly a soul,” said Framton. “My sister was staying here, at the rectory some four years ago, and she gave me letters of introduction to some of the people here.”

He made the last statement in a tone of distinct regret.

“Then you know practically nothing about my aunt?” pursued the self-possessed young lady.

“Only her name and address,” admitted the caller. He was wondering whether Mrs. Sappleton was in the married or widowed state. An undefinable something about the room seemed to suggest masculine habitation.

“Her great tragedy happened just three years ago,” said the child; “that would be since your sister’s time”.

“Her tragedy?” asked Framton; somehow in this restful country spot tragedies seemed out of place.

“You may wonder why we keep that window wide open on an October afternoon,” said the niece, indicating a large French window that opened on to a lawn.

“It is quite warm for the time of the year,” said Framton; “but has that window anything to do with the tragedy?”

“Out through that window, three years ago to a day, her husband and her two young brothers went off for their day’s shooting. They never came back. In crossing the moor to their favourite snipe-shooting ground they were all three engulfed in a treacherous piece of bog. It had been that dreadful wet summer, you know, and the places that were safe in other years gave way suddenly without warning. Their bodies were never recovered.” Here the child’s voice lost its self-possessed note and became falteringly human. “Poor aunt always thinks that they will come back some day and walk in through that window just as they used to do. That is why the window is kept open every evening till it is quite dusk. Poor dear aunt... Do you know, sometimes on still, quite evenings like this, I almost have a creepy feeling that they will all walk in through the window...”

She broke off with a little shudder. It was a relief to Framton when the aunt bustled into the room with a whirl of apologies for being late in making her appearance.
“I hope Vera has been amusing you?” she said.

“She has been very interesting,” said Framton.

“I hope you don’t mind the open window,” said Mrs. Sappleton briskly; “my husband and brothers will be home directly from shooting, and they always come in this way.”

(H. H. Munro)

1) Framton Nuttel was happy for the letters of introduction his sister had given him.


2) Framton Nuttel was well informed about Mrs. Sappleton and her family.


3) The room he was in left the impression that Mrs. Sappleton was a married woman.


4) According to Vera, the window of the room was open because three men were due to return.


5) Vera implied that Mrs. Sappleton's husband and brothers had drowned in a bog three years ago.

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