The old charts call it "Ship-Trap Island". A suggestive name isn't it? Sailors have a curious dread of the place...
The best sport in the world
For the hunter, not the jaguar
Great sport, hunting.
Hardly. Even cannibals wouldn't live in such a God-forsaken place.
This place has a reputation--a bad one.
Rainsford and Whitney are discussing Ship-Trap island when they spot it on their way to Rio during a dark night on the boat.
Yes, even that tough-minded old Swede, who'd go up to the devil himself and ask him for a light. Those fishy blue eyes held a look I never saw there before. All I could get out of him was `This place has an evil name among seafaring men, sir.' Then he said to me, very gravely, `Don't you feel anything?'--as if the air about us was actually poisonous. Now, you mustn't laugh when I tell you this--I did feel something like a sudden chill.
The topic of the conversation shifts to whether hunting is moral or not. Rainsford says that it is while Whitney believes that it isn't.
Their conversation shifts back to Ship-Trap island and what may be there.
Rainsford and Whitney mention that even Captain Nielsen (who seems very tough according to Whitney and Rainsford) is afraid of the island.
Whitney gets tired and goes to bed. Rainsford decides he is not tired and goes to smoke a pipe in a chair on the afterdeck.
Rainsford hears a noise and decides to investigate, leading him to fall into the water.