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Ulrich von Gradwitz Character Analysis

The wealthy owner of wide stretches of hunting grounds and forest in the Carpathian Mountains, Ulrich most closely guards one particular strip of forest because Georg Znaeym also claims ownership over it. In Ulrich’s grandfather’s time, his family used the court to seize the land from the neighboring Znaeym family, who the Gradwitzs believed illegally possessed the land. The Znaeyms never accepted the court’s decision, and have continued to hunt in the forest patch. Ulrich has become even more devoted to protecting the land and defeating the Znaeyms than the earlier generations of his family were. He roams the forest with a posse of men and his rifle, hoping to shoot Georg instead of game. However, when Ulrich is finally alone with Georg, a near-death experience causes Ulrich to rethink his priorities, and offer peace and friendship to his life-long rival.

Ulrich von Gradwitz Quotes in The Interlopers

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The forest lands of Gradwitz were of wide extent and well stocked with game; the narrow strip of precipitous woodland that lay on its outskirt was not remarkable for the game it harboured or the shooting it afforded, but it was the most jealously guarded of all its owner's territorial possessions.

Related Characters: Ulrich von Gradwitz

If only on this wild night, in this dark, lone spot, he might come across Georg Znaeym, man to man, with none to witness - that was the wish that was uppermost in his thoughts.

Related Characters: Ulrich von Gradwitz, Georg Znaeym

But a man who has been brought up under the code of a restraining civilisation cannot easily nerve himself to shoot down his neighbour in cold blood and without word spoken, except for an offence against his hearth and honour.

Related Characters: Ulrich von Gradwitz, Georg Znaeym
Related Symbols: Rifles, The Beech Tree

And before the moment of hesitation had given way to action a deed of Nature's own violence overwhelmed them both.

Related Characters: Ulrich von Gradwitz, Georg Znaeym
Related Symbols: The Beech Tree

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.

Related Characters: Georg Znaeym (speaker), Ulrich von Gradwitz
Related Symbols: The Beech Tree

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.

Related Characters: Ulrich von Gradwitz, Georg Znaeym
Related Symbols: The Beech Tree

In the pain and languor that Ulrich himself was feeling the old fierce hatred seemed to be dying down.

Related Characters: Ulrich von Gradwitz
Related Symbols: The Beech Tree

Lying here to-night thinking I've come to think we've been rather fools; there are better things in life than getting the better of a boundary dispute.

Related Characters: Ulrich von Gradwitz (speaker), Georg Znaeym
Related Symbols: The Beech Tree

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.

Related Characters: Ulrich von Gradwitz, Georg Znaeym
Related Symbols: The Beech Tree
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Ulrich von Gradwitz Character Timeline in The Interlopers

The timeline below shows where the character Ulrich von Gradwitz appears in The Interlopers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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On a stormy, winter night, Ulrich von Gradwitz, holding his rifle, roams a narrow patch of forest on the outskirts of... (full context)
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Ulrich leaves behind the group of men he has brought with him to help look for... (full context)
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After stepping around a huge tree, Ulrich meets Georg face to face. Also alone and holding a rifle, Georg, like Ulrich, feels... (full context)
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Injured and relieved to be alive, Ulrich and Georg taunt each other. Ulrich claims Georg is a poacher. Georg calls Ulrich a... (full context)
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While exchanging insults, Ulrich and Georg give up on struggling to get out from under the tree. Ulrich uses... (full context)
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Georg and Ulrich reflect quietly, thrilled by the reconciliation. Each man prays that his party will be the... (full context)
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...shout for help, “in a prolonged hunting call.” Only the wind answers them, but then Ulrich sees figures coming down from the hill, where he left his party. The pair yells... (full context)