The climax of the story is when the two men, Ulrich and Georg, make their peace and bury their feud. However, they are still trapped underneath the tree. The hear voices in the distance, and the hope is that they will be saved by their men, and that the men will go on from hear, friends. However, before they can see either group of men approaching, they see a pack of wolves gathering. The readers are left to believe that the men, although having made peace, will now be victim to the violence of the animals.