What hints about the ending appear in “The Interlopers”?What hints does Saki give the reader that the story will not end happily for Georg and Ulrich?

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After the pinioned foes have reached amelioration, there is a space of time in which the men are quiet as they ponder the changes to come.  As they lie and wait for help, each praying that his men will arrive first so that he can be the gracious one to give his own enemy attention.  However, the forest is yet cold and gloomy, and the wind rips through the naked branches of trees, whirling in fits around the trunks of these vulnerable trees.

Then, "the wind dropped for a moment" and Ulrich speaks up, suggesting that they shout for help. Joining their voices together, they break through the trees and undergrowth with sound.  It is at this point that Ulrich and Georg are heard--unfortunately.

As is so often the case, the weather provides the foreshadowing for the brutal ending.  For, Saki writes, 

In the cold, gloomy forest, with the wind tearing in fitful gusts through the naked branches and whistling round the tree-trunks, they lay and waited for the help that would now bring release and succor to both parties. 

That the weather is cruel presages the fearful situation in which the men will soon find themselves since frequently in narratives, the weather reflects the psychological or emotional state of people.  In the hiatus in which the wind does not blow, there is the moment of truth for the two men.

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