Describe the feud between the families of Ulrich Von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym. 

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The feud begins with a dispute over land ownership. Ulrich's grandfather, in a "famous law suit," won back the land illegally possessed by Georg's ancestors. Georg's family did not agree with the court's ruling and retaliated with "a long series of poaching affrays and similar scandals" which "had embittered the relationships between the families for three generations." 

Compounding this running feud was the fact that Georg and Ulrich hated each other since they were boys. The legal dispute became a personal feud as well. The story begins with Ulrich patrolling his lands waiting to catch Georg poaching. When the tree falls on them, their hate for each other is as strong as ever. Ulrich claims that if his men arrive first, he will be freed and Georg will die. Georg says the same. When Ulrich offers wine to Georg, Georg refuses. The feud is so strong that the two would rather hate than help each other even as they are in the same predicament. 

However, Ulrich has a change of heart and promises to free Georg first if his men are the first to arrive. After considering this gesture, Georg reciprocates and the feud is over. This occurs shortly before what would appear to be a gruesome end. 

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