Please provide a summary of "The Interlopers" by Saki and include the conflict.

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"The Interlopers" is basically a story of two long-time fueding families.  They have been fighting over a piece of forestland for longer than anyone can remember (conflict).  The two main characters from each family, Ulrich and Georg, decide to end the fued one once and for all by fighting to the death.

The fued takes place in the woods, and Ulrich and Georg find themselves face-to-face and alone.  Before either can shoot the other though, lighting strikes a nearby tree, causing its limbs to fall on and pin the two enemies.  While stuck and in fear for their lives, eventually the two decide to make up and end the life-long fued with peace.  They join their voices together to call for help.

Figures appear in the distance and the two men believe they are saved.  The final ironic twist at the end of the story is that it turns out not to be a group of men, but wolves.

Certainly this is a great story on many levels.  It well liked by most students, especially because of its surprise ending.  For that very reason, it is a great story to introduce situational irony.  It is also a great story to refer back to when teaching Romeo and Juliet as the fueding family theme ties to both.