In "The Interlopers" what causes the beech tree to fall over?

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Ulrich and Georg are roaming the disputed forest on a dark, stormy night.  Saki describes a "shriek of the storm" which brings down the tree on top of the two enemies as they stand glaring at one another. So, the tree is felled by lightning, and ironically, the basic subject (a tree from the disputed forest land) traps the men together.  They are forced to work with each other, but just as they reconcile their differences, they recognize that their shared fate of death is close at hand with the sound of the wolves.

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