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In "The Interlopers," what caused the men's relationship to change?

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The change in the men's relationship is primarily due to Ulrich's generous overtures to his archenemy, Georg.

After being pinned down by the beech tree, the men remain stubborn, despite their helplessness. They exchange insults and speak angrily to each other. Both know that help may not arrive for a while and that the situation is dire. However, neither will relent.

Eventually, Ulrich manages to grab a hold of his wine flask from one of his coat pockets. He wearily draws it to his lips and takes a drink. The warming liquid gives him a measure of comfort. As he looks over at the injured Georg, Ulrich begins to feel a twinge of pity for his old enemy. On a whim, he decides to offer Georg a drink from his flask.

For his part, Georg rejects Ulrich's kind offer by saying that he never drinks with an enemy. By this time, both men are in great pain and are severely weakened in strength. Ulrich then tries a second time to make peace with Georg. He speaks kindly and with great conviction:

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