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“The Interlopers” By Saki
“The Interlopers” On a winter night on a mountain range called the Carpathians, with the wind howling, Ulrich von Gradwitz patrolled the dark forest in quest of a human enemy. This land, owned by the von Gradwitz family, was not particularly important for game or for shooting. This land, however, was the most carefully guarded of all the owner’s lands.
“The Interlopers” A famous lawsuit had awarded the land to the von Gradwitz family; however, the Znaeym family refused to recognize the judgment of the courts. In protest, the Znaeym family poached on the land for three generations. The rites of passage had been passed on to Georg Znaeym and to Ulrich von Gradwitz.
“The Interlopers” As boys, they thirsted for each other’s blood. As men, each prayed that misfortune might fall on the other. On this wind scourged night, Ulrich had placed his men throughout the forest to watch for the poachers. There must have been some kind of disturbance in the forest.
“The Interlopers” Most animals, including the roebuck, who usually stayed in sheltered hollows during a storm wind, were prowling about. Ulrich strayed from his men and as he stepped around the trunk of a huge tree, he came face to face with his adversary Georg. Neither of them could raise their rifle and kill each other in cold blood without a spoken word.
“The Interlopers” Before either of them could do anything, a huge force of wind knocked the tree on top of them. George was pinned to the ground with one numb arm under him and the other held helplessly in a tight angle of forked branches. Both legs were pinned underneath the tree.
“The Interlopers” The descending twigs had cut his face and he had to wink away drops of blood from his eyelashes. Georg Znaeym was helplessly pinned down beside Ulrich. Pinned by the tree, they exchanged insults as well as threats to kill the other as soon as their men had arrived.
“The Interlopers” BBoth men spoke with bitterness. LLater, both had abandoned their attempts to get out from underneath the tree. UUlrich managed to retrieve his wine flask. HHe drank some of the wine, feeling its warmth. HHe noticed Georg who barely managed to keep the groans of pain inside instead of uttering them out loud.
Seeing how his enemy was suffering, Ulrich told Georg that he had changed his mind and wanted to bury the hatchet. Ulrich realized that there were better things in life than getting the best of a boundary dispute. Since that was true, Ulrich asked Georg to be his friend.
“The Interlopers” Georg accepted Ulrich’s offer of friendship. They began to formulate plans for the future and how they would enjoy each other’s company. They mused how the townspeople would stare in confusion to see them riding side by side into town. They would even become guests at each other’s homes.
“The Interlopers” As they wait to be rescued, both men hope to be able to free the other first. Together they cry for help. Ulrich began to see something moving in the forest. Both men raised their voices, calling together to attract the attention of the figures moving through the forest.
“The Interlopers” Ulrich realized that the figures moving through the forest were wolves. Nature provided its own interlopers who resolved the feud with finality.