Saki's short story "The Interlopers" is about a generational conflict between two families, the Gradwitzs and the Znaeyms. As the story opens, we learn that years earlier, the Gradwitzs had legally won control of the smaller part of the forest that bordered the two families' land holdings. The Znaeyms, however, refused to honor the legal ruling and hunted on the land anyway.
Saki establishes his theme early; although both families own valuable land, they are fixated on that little piece in the middle--people want most what they cannot have.
So, on the stormy night on which the story begins, Gradwitz suspects that Znaeym is on his land somewhere, and is determined to find him.
The reader soon sees that, although Gradwitz starts his search as part of a group, he breaks off by himself to seek Znaeym, presumably so that there will be no witnesses that see what happens when he finds him.
The men soon encounter each other in the forest and, to their credit, they don't immediately shoot...
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