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What is the plot of "The Interlopers"?

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bonitta | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 7, 2009 at 12:40 AM via web

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What is the plot of "The Interlopers"?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM (Answer #1)

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"The Interlopers" is a an ironic story about two men who start out as enemies and end up friends--just in time to die.  Their families are literally feuding over possession of some forest land, and each has sworn to kill the other if they ever see one another out hunting in that forest land.  Of course, both are there on a stormy night, and a tree falls over and pins them both to the ground.  Once they battle it out verbally for a bit (not very long, as it's a short, short story), one decides to be the bigger man and offers his wine flask to the other as a token of friendship.  The offer is accepted, and the two men are nearly giddy, figuratively speaking, tripping over one another in the hopes of being the first to offer help to the other.  In the great ironic twist, the shadows they see through the trees are not either one's men.  Instead, they're wolves. 

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