What is the rising action in "The Interlopers"?

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The rising action of the short story, "The Interlopers," is the face to face encounter of Ulrich Von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym. This is such a short story that the rising action, climax, and resolution take place in fast succession. 

In the beginning of the story, the setting is established. Both Ulrich and Georg dislike each other and this animosity goes back at least two generations. In light of this, Ulrich wishes that he could see Georg face to face to kill him. As Ulrich and his men were scouting for interlopers, namely Georg and his men, Ulrich actually gets his wish. He comes face to face with Georg. This is the rising action.

However, before he could act, the plot takes another step forward and a gush of wind knocks down a tree. Both men are trapped and cannot do anything. So, they just wait until they resolve their differences. 

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