The Interlopers by Saki Book Review
The short story, “The Interlopers,” by Saki, essentially copes with the conflict between the Znaeym and the Von Gradwitz families over the dispute of who owns the forest. The tension between George and Ulrich surges as they both confront each other in the snowy forest night. Not even a second after the confrontation, a bolt of lightning came crashing down from the skies knocking a tree on top of the two men, cause them to be trapped. Through the use of simple literary devices such as conflict and imagery, Saki is able to grant the readers suspense that keeps them on their toes throughout the story.
With the use of a variety of different conflicts, Saki is able to successfully build suspense. It is first introduced at the end of the first page where Saki describes, “The two enemies stood glaring at one another for a long silent moment. Each had a rifle in his hand, each had hate in his heart and murder uppermost in his mind” (1).