It is not uncommon for individuals to hate those who closely resemble themselves. In "The Interlopers" Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Ulrich, who have become great enemies, are very similar to one another while their differences are few.
--Both men are landowners.
--Both men hate each other, having inherited a long-staying animosity
--Both want the chance to kill the other.
--Both hesitate when they unexpectedly come face-to-face with each other because
...a man who has been brought up under the code of a restraining civilization cannot easily nerve himself to shoot down his neighbor in cold blood and with word spoken, except for an offense against his hearth and honor.
"Nature's own violence overwhelmed them both" as they are each pinioned by the large limbs of a beech tree struck by lightning.
--Each of the...
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