"'You will find my idea of sport more diverting than Ivan's?'"
"we will hunt--you and I."
"You don't mean--" cried Rainsford.
In the first person point of view, the author illustrates the setting placed on a Caribbean island called Ship Trap Island. Two hunters trapped along an island where they must choose to wonder the "cursed" island with a bad reputation.
"I'll give him a trail to follow..."
As General Zaroff advocates Rainsford to play his hunting "game" however with refusal from Rainsford, General Zaroff implying that Ivan's game is worse. When implying this the reader is able to infer that Rainsford is in a whole lot of trouble with which ever decision he makes.
"He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided."
Rainsford is officially apart of the General's so called game and may have no escape from danger ahead. In this man vs. man situation, Rainsford may have a very difficult time escaping his enemy's evil game.
"'I congratulate you,'" he said. "'You have won the game'."
It is now understood that rainstorm will be hunted by General Zaroff and that rainstorm has chosen to partake in this so called "game" of General Z's.
Situational irony is used throughout the book to grab the reader's attention when the reader suspects Rainsford to die throughout the. hunt, but instead General Zaroff dies. While hunting his prey (Rainsford), General Zaroff becomes killed by the great thinking and tricks from Rainsford.
Never underestimate an opponent or any other person. Rainsford was much stronger and smarter than General Zaroff had assumed.