""The first thing Rainsford's eyes discerned was the largest man Rainsford had ever seen -- a gigantic creature, solidly made and black bearded to the waist. In his hand theman held a long - barreled revolver, and he was pointing it straight at Rainsfords's heart."
"He was almost on the rocks before he saw them..." "... With his remaining strength he dragged himself from the swirling waters. Jagged crags appeared to jut up into the opaqueness; he forced himself upward, hand over hand."
"Rainsford remembered the shots. They had come from the right, and doggedly he swam in that direction, swimming with slow, deliberate strokes, conserving his strength. For a seemingly endless time he fought the sea. He became to count his strokes; he could do possibly a hundred more and then --"