3The Interlopers Introducing the Story The world perishes not from bandits and fires, but from hatred, hostility, and all these petty squabbles.Anton Chekhov
4The Interlopers Introducing the Story Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym are sworn enemies. What happens when these two armed enemies come face to face in the woods on a winter night?[End of Section]
5The Interlopers Literary Focus: Omniscient Point of View An omniscient narratoris not a character in the storyknows everything about all the characters in the storycan reveal characters’ thoughts and actionscan zoom from place to placemay tell all or save information until the end[End of Section]
6The Interlopers Literary Focus: Surprise Endings A surprise ending resolves a story’s conflict in a totally unexpected way.The ending, while surprising, is still logical.The unexpected ending may make you rethink the story.[End of Section]
7The Interlopers Reading Skills: Monitoring Your Reading When you encounter a difficult sentence or passage, try one of these strategies.Use context clues to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words. Context clues maygive the word’s definitionrestate the word’s meaning in a different wayprovide an exampleshow comparison or contrast
8The Interlopers Reading Skills: Monitoring Your Reading When you encounter a difficult sentence or passage try one of these strategies.Break long sentences into simpler ones.Look for the subject and the verb.Stop to rephrase or summarize.Finally, take time to re-read.[End of Section]
9The Interlopers Quickwrite Make the ConnectionMost arguments can be settled when people agree to talk or compromise, but some disagreements become so bitter that they last for many years. Indeed, some regions of the world have been locked in conflict for generations. Write down a few examples of feuds from history or literature that have torn families or even countries apart. What keeps such bitter hatred alive?[End of Section]
10The Interlopers Vocabulary Vocabulary Activity: Context CluesContext clues—the words and phrases around a word— can point toward the meaning of an unfamiliar word.Definition: The people who interfered were accused of being interlopers.2. Restatement: The interlopers, intruders on horseback, rode into town.3. Example: Guards treated all visitors—tourists, journalists, photographers—as interlopers.4. Comparison or Contrast: Far from being welcome guests, those dropping by were seen as interlopers.
12The Interlopers Meet the Writer Hector Hugh Munro (1870–1916) adopted the pen name Saki, after the character who served wine to the gods in the then-popular Persian poem the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.Saki was born in Burma, where his father was an officer in the military police. After the death of his mother, Saki and his two older siblings were sent to England to live with their grandmother and two aunts.More About the Writer[End of Section]
13Serious arguments can begin over trivial matters. Agree or Disagree?Serious arguments can begin over trivial matters.
14Agree or Disagree?People who quarrel for a long time often forget why they started fighting in the first place.
15Arguments always weaken as time goes by. Agree or Disagree?Arguments always weaken as time goes by.
16When arguing you should never give in or show your weakness. Agree or Disagree?When arguing you should never give in or show your weakness.