"Ach," laughs the baker's wife, "such a funny man, the Count."

"I knew you'd like that," Dracula says, forcing a chuckle, "now get out of my way." At last he opens the front door but time has run out on him.

"Oh, look, mama," says the baker, "the eclipse must be over. The sun is coming out again."

"Right," says Dracula, slamming the front door. "I've decided to stay. Pull down the window shades quickly— quickly! Let's move it!"

"What window shades?" asks the baker.

"There are none, right? Figures. You got a basement in this joint?"

Dose it refer to baker and his wife and is the polite way to call someone?

This passage is from a story named: Count Dracula by Woody Allen.

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In this context, "Figures!" is an informal way to say "Obviously". It is a shortened form of "I should have figured it out myself!"

  • ... or sometimes "That figures" = "That makes sense", not necessarily obviously, and sometimes with the sense "I should have expected that, given my bad luck."
    – jonathanjo
    Apr 25, 2019 at 14:43
  • @jonathanjo: Yes, you are correct.
    – virolino
    Apr 26, 2019 at 5:16

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