The Interlopers

Georg Znaeym Character Analysis

A relatively poor forester and hunter from a family of foresters and hunters, Georg continues to hunt on the strip of land at the edge of Ulrich’s forest because he believes it should still belong to his family. Georg, like Ulrich, has a gang of men who roam the forest with him, rifles ready to shoot game or the opposing party. When Ulrich and Georg become trapped together beneath a large tree, Georg declares that his men will roll the trunk over Ulrich and kill him if they are the first to arrive. And when Ulrich reconsiders their feud and offers friendship, Georg is skeptical at first. Ultimately, though, Georg accepts the peace with Ulrich, and happily imagines what the new phase in their relationship will mean for them and the rest of the people they know.

Georg Znaeym Quotes in The Interlopers

The The Interlopers quotes below are all either spoken by Georg Znaeym or refer to Georg Znaeym. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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The Interlopers Quotes

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

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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Georg Znaeym Character Timeline in The Interlopers

The timeline below shows where the character Georg Znaeym appears in The Interlopers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...roams a narrow patch of forest on the outskirts of his property. He searches for Georg Zneaym, who hunts in this narrow strip of forest because he also considers it his.... (full context)
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...leaves behind the group of men he has brought with him to help look for Georg. As his men wait on the hill, ready to ambush Georg and his party, Ulrich... (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 intense hatred... (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 thief. Each... (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 his remaining... (full context)
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Georg doesn’t respond at first, but eventually he imagines out loud what would happen if he... (full context)
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Georg and Ulrich reflect quietly, thrilled by the reconciliation. Each man prays that his party will... (full context)
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...where he left his party. The pair yells again and the figures run toward them. Georg urgently asks Ulrich if they are his men. Ulrich begins to laugh a terrified laugh.... (full context)