In "The Interlopers," what is Ulrich doing in the forest?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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In the Saki short story "The Interlopers," Ulrich is in the forest looking for his sworn enemy.

“…eastern spurs of the Karpathians, a man stood one winter night watching and listening, as though he waited for some beast of the woods to come within the range of his vision, and, later, of his rifle. But the game for whose presence he kept so keen an outlook was none that figured in the sportsman's calendar as lawful and proper for the chase; Ulrich von Gradwitz patrolled the dark forest in quest of a human enemy, Georg Znaeym.”

Georg and Ulrich have been enemies since their birth because their fathers were enemies as were their fathers.  This animosity occurred over a land dispute and has been passed down over the generations.

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Ulrich von Gradwitz is in the forest to hunt down his archenemy Georg Znaeym in order to kill him. Both Ulrich and Georg despise each other from childhood and their antipathy for each other has blown out of proportion to a point where they want to eliminate each other. This is because of a piece of forest land that separates each family’s land and which had been the root cause of animosity between the two families for several generations. Even though the courts had ruled that the land rightfully belonged to Ulrich’s family, the disgruntled Znaeym family still laid claim over it. During this particular evening, Ulrich just like Georg had ventured into the disputed forest land in order to seek his enemy out and kill him in order to end the generations’ long feud. The two men were in the company of a group of foresters whom they had each gathered to further assist their course. Ulrich finally encounters Georg face-to-face but before any of the men exchange fire, lighting strikes a tree that turns over and traps the men underneath it. While trapped, Georg and Ulrich reconciled and united to call out for help.

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there fathers have been set to be enemies so as they become enemies they fight over a feud of land.

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