The conversion from vengeful enemies to gracious compadres in Saki's "The Interlopers" seems to develop quickly and before the reader's eyes, as the narrator describes the characters' reasonings for this change. In the beginning, Ulrich is angrily stalking his sworn enemy, Georg, for allegedly poaching on his land. However, the feud between their families had been ongoing for three generations, and so their hate seems to be inherited instead of springing from personal interactions between them.
When Ulrich and Georg finally meet up, they simultaneously fall victim to the same predicament—getting stuck under a fallen tree. At first, they compete over whose men will get there first to kill the other. However, soon their shared suffering breeds understanding between them. After drinking some wine, Ulrich finds clarity and is able to feel empathy for Georg and his suffering. He realizes that they have been fighting over things that don't matter:
"We have quarrelled like devils all our lives over this stupid strip of forest, where the trees can’t even stand upright in a breath of wind. Lying here to- night thinking I’ve come to think we’ve been rather fools; there are better things in life than getting the better of a boundary dispute."
This first attempt to make peace changes Georg's heart as well, who dreams about what it would be like if two enemies were seen together as friends and the positive effect it would have on the rest of the town. They then join forces and start yelling for help together, knowing that no matter whose men show up, they will both be saved. Although the ending has an ironic twist, it has a strong moral of men becoming friends in times of shared hardship or suffering, when they are able to relate to each other.