The Interlopers by Saki

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How does the story "The Interlopers" by Saki have suspense in it?    

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The opening paragraph of the story establishes a suspenseful premise, as we are told that the protagonist, Ulrich von Gradwitz, is "patroll[ing] the dark forest" with a rifle "in quest of a human enemy." Immediately, therefore, the reader will want to find out if Ulrich succeeds in his hunt, and the reader will also want to find out why Ulrich wants to kill a fellow human.

A little later in the story, Ulrich von Gradiwitz and the man he is hunting, Georg Znaeym, both lie helpless and immobilized beneath a fallen tree. The suspense of the story then shifts to the question of whose men will find them first. If they are discovered first by the friends of one man, then the other will likely pay with his life. However, the longer the two men remain trapped beneath the fallen tree, the more the hatred between them seems to subside. After a while, they agree to a reconciliation and begin to imagine "the wonderful changes" that their reconciliation will bring about.

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