The Interlopers

Saki

the three types of irony found in "The Interlopers"

Situational irony- "'Could you reach this flask if I threw it over to you?' asked Ulrich suddenly; 'there is good wine in it, and one may as well be as comfortable as one can.'" This is an example of situational irony because with the two characters in the story being enemies, you wouldn't expect Ulrich to offer wine to Georg. You would expect Ulrich to hog all of the wine for himself, leaving the other man to die of dehydration.

Verbal irony- "the naked branches and whistling round the tree-trunks," The tree-trunk isn't actually stripped-down naked, but rather without leaves, or possibly bark.

Dramatic irony- " "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." The audience knows by now, that this is not any of the men's teams come to get them, but rather a being from the wild.