He thought he outsmarted me. Ha! It's just too easy. I think I'll spare him for later.
What's that noise?
Guess he's not here. Ha, I'm so funny. I will be back soon, Rainsford.
Ugh, I can't breathe. Wait. He can follow any difficult trail but he couldn't find me?
"He flattened himself down on the limb, and through a screen of leaves almost as thick as tapestry, he watched. The thing that was approaching was a man. It was General Zaroff."
This doesn't make sense. Why was he laughing as well?
";then he turned his back on the tree and walk carelessly away, back along the trail he had come."
Wait a second. The general saw me! He's been playing with me this whole time!
"Then pent-up air burst hotly from Rainsford's lungs. His first thought made him feel sick and numb. The general could follow a trail through the woods at night; he could follow any difficult trail; he must have uncanny powers."
I can't get nervous. I won't. I have to go!
"Rainsford's second thought was even more terrible. It sent a shudder of cold horror through his whole being. Why had the general smile? Why had he turned back?"
"The general was playing with him! The general was saving him for another day's sport! The Cossack was the cat; he was the mouse."
"I will not lose my nerve. I will not." "His face was set and he forced the machinery of his mind to function."