What was the irony in the story "The Interlopers" ?

It is a short story by Saki

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Two enemies are preparing to fight to the death:

    "Good," snarled Georg, "good. We fight this quarrel out to the death, you and I and our foresters, with no cursed interlopers to come between us. Death and damnation to you, Ulrich von Gradwitz."

    "The same to you, Georg Znaeym, forest-thief, game-snatcher."

    Both men spoke with the bitterness of possible defeat before them, for each knew that it might be long before his men would seek him out or find him; it was a bare matter of chance which party would arrive first on the scene. "

    But then they reconcile:

    ""How the whole region would stare and gabble if we rode into the market-square together. No one living can remember seeing a Znaeym and a von Gradwitz talking to one another in friendship. And what peace there would be among the forester folk if we ended our feud to-night. And if we choose to make peace among our people there is none other to interfere, no interlopers from outside ... You would come and keep the Sylvester night beneath my roof, and I would come and feast on some high day at your castle ... I would never fire a shot on your land, save when you invited me as a guest; and you should come and shoot with me down in the marshes where the wildfowl are. In all the countryside there are none that could hinder if we willed to make peace. I never thought to have wanted to do other than hate you all my life, but I think I have changed my mind about things too, this last half-hour. And you offered me your wineflask ... Ulrich von Gradwitz, I will be your friend."

    So, no one will die that day. Until an unexpected arrival:

    "For a space both men were silent, turning over in their minds the wonderful changes that this dramatic reconciliation would bring about. 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 succour to both parties. And each prayed a private prayer that his men might be the first to arrive, so that he might be the first to show honourable attention to the enemy that had become a friend.

    Presently, as the wind dropped for a moment, Ulrich broke silence.

    "Let's shout for help," he said; he said; "in this lull our voices may carry a little way."

    "They won't carry far through the trees and undergrowth," said Georg, "but we can try. Together, then."

    The two raised their voices in a prolonged hunting call.

    "Together again," said Ulrich a few minutes later, after listening in vain for an answering halloo.

    "I heard nothing but the pestilential wind," said Georg hoarsely.

    There was silence again for some minutes, and then Ulrich gave a joyful cry.

    "I can see figures coming through the wood. They are following in the way I came down the hillside."

    Both men raised their voices in as loud a shout as they could muster.

    "They hear us! They've stopped. Now they see us. They're running down the hill towards us," cried Ulrich.

    "How many of them are there?" asked Georg.

    "I can't see distinctly," said Ulrich; "nine or ten,"

    "Then they are yours," said Georg; "I had only seven out with me."

    "They are making all the speed they can, brave lads," said Ulrich gladly.

    "Are they your men?" asked Georg. "Are they your men?" he repeated impatiently as Ulrich did not answer.

    "No," said Ulrich with a laugh, the idiotic chattering laugh of a man unstrung with hideous fear.

    "Who are they?" asked Georg quickly, straining his eyes to see what the other would gladly not have seen.


    Now they both will die. The irony is that they had become friends just before their death by wolves was going to happen.

  • dana
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I have read that short story. We read it a couple months ago in my english class. I'm not sure, but I think the irony is that the two main characters were fighting over the land, and in the end, the land was the one who killed them ( the wolves and the trees). Hope this helps. I hope it was also the same story!

    or it could just simply be that the wolves came instead of their men to save them. I thought it would be their men, but instead haha the wolves came. That deff. fits the definition of irony. I'm not sure about my first one! Irony - an unexpected outcome.

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  • 1 decade ago

    To answer this question, identify who the interlopers are (at the end of the story) and then remember that irony is when something occurs that is different from or the opposite of what the reader expects... Good luck!!

  • Ethel
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    4 years ago

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    The irony is that the main character and her husband gave up so much of their lives to pay for the necklace that they borrowed and lost because it was worth so much, and in the end it was really worth almost nothing. They didn't have to go through all of that, but they did, all because they didn't want to admit they lost the necklace, and that is tragically ironic.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    The Story The Interlopers

  • 4 years ago

    That they replaced a $500 necklace that was completly fake with a $50,000 one that took them 10 years to pay back.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Ooo. I remember that story from 7th grade! I hated it...

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