In Saki's "The Interlopers," Ulrich makes two offers to George Znaeym. What are these offers?

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Becoming an interloper in Saki's short story, "The Interlopers," Nature sends the branches of a large beech tree to pinion the two enemies after their brief moment in which they have glared at one another with "the full play to the passions of a lifetime." After their initial hostilities, Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym undergo changes of heart as they realize the dilemma that they share.

As they lie trapped, hoping their men will rescue them, Ulrich von Gradwitz offers Georg Znaeym wine from his flask; in addition, he  has a change of heart and offers to Georg Znaeym that even if his men arrive on the scene first, Georg will be the first to be helped. Then, he asks Znaeym to end their quarrel in amity,

"Neighbour," he said presently, "do as you please if your men come first.  It was a fair compact.  But as for me, I've changed my mind.  If my men are the first to come you shall be the first to be helped, as though you were my guest....Neighbour, if you will help me to bury the old quarrel I--I will ask you to be my friend."

Of course, their contract cannot be completed as both are victims of another natural interloper--wolves.

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