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"The Interlopers" By Saki
In a forest of mixed growth somewhere on the eastern spurs of the Karpathians, a man stood one winter night watching and listening, as though he waited for some beast of the woods to come within the range of his vision, and, later, of his rifle. Ulrich von Gradwitz patrolled the dark forest in quest of a human enemy.
The neighbour feud had grown into a personal one since Ulrich had come to be head of his family; if there was a man in the world whom he detested and wished ill to it was Georg Znaeym, the inheritor of the quarrel and the tireless game-snatcher and raider of the disputed border-forest.
A fierce shriek of the storm had been answered by a splitting crash over their heads, and ere they could leap aside a mass of falling beech tree had thundered down on them. “Neighbour", he said “do as you please if your men come first. It was a fair compact. But as for me, I’ve changed my mind. If my men are the first to come you shall be the first to be helped, as though you were my guest.
We have quarrelled like devils all our lives over this stupid strip of forest, where the trees can’t even stand upright in a breath of wind. Lying here tonight thinking I’ve come to think we’ve been rather fools; Neighbour, if you will help me to bury the old quarrel I – I will ask you to be my friend.” “How many of them are there?” “nine or ten,” “Then they are yours,” “I had only seven out with me.” “They are making all the speed they can, brave lads,” “Are they your men?" “No,” “Who are they?” “Wolves.”
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