The Interlopers by Saki

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What are the internal and external conflicts in Saki's "The Interlopers"?

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The main external conflict is the long-running feud between the Znaeym and von Gradwitz families. They've been at each other's throats for years, and all because of a remote patch of forest.

This external conflict leads, in turn, to an internal conflict for both men as they lie on the ground, trapped beneath a fallen tree. Somehow they have to put aside their differences and work out a way to escape from their predicament. Thankfully for both men, they're able to do just that, and an astonishing reconciliation is brought about that finally appears to put an end to this long, drawn-out feud.

However, no sooner have they done this than they are faced with yet another external conflict, one that they cannot overcome; and that's how to deal with the imminent arrival of a pack of hungry wolves.

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The story begins with external conflict. Ulrich and Georg have hated each other all their lives and, since the feud between them is an inherited one, were always destined to hate each...

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