What is the main lesson of "The Interlopers"?

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Saki's "The Interlopers" is a wonderful short story that shows the reader how detrimental a long standing grudge can be.  The story deals with an argument that begins over a piece of land and over the years grows into personal grudges that pits one family against another.  It is a story of how these two families can affect their whole community and what the consequences of these grudges can do to people on a personal level.  In Ulrich and Georg's situation it eventually comes down to death because they are so hateful toward one another.

When they finally decide to lay the grudges down and decide to become allies they become trapped and it is too late to change the situation.

Saki uses these men to show how bad long term hatred can be on individuals, families, and communities.

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