"The general made one of his deepest bows. "'I see,' he said, 'Splendid! One of us is to furnish a repast for the hounds. The other will sleep in an excellent bed. He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided" (Page 13). This quote signifies that the end of the main conflict has arrived.
I will not lose my nerve. I will not.
"Rainsford's impulse was to hurl himself down like a panther, but he saw that the general's right hand held something metallic--a small automatic pistol" (Page 11). In this excerpt, Connell conveys to the reader that Zaroff is actually trying to kill Rainsford. In addition, this quote establishes the man vs. man conflict.
"The baying of the hounds drew nearer, then still nearer, nearer, ever nearer... The hounds raised their voices as they hit the fresh scent. Rainsford knew now how an animal at bay feels" (Page 13). In this excerpt, Connell establishes a second type of conflict in the story: man vs. nature. This occurs because Rainsford is running away from the hounds, and the hounds are trying to kill him.
"'I will not lose my nerve. I will not.' He slid down from the tree, and struck off again into the woods. His face was set and he forced the machinery of his mind into function" (Page 11). Connell uses this section to establish a third conflict of the story: Man vs. self. By talking to himself, he is pushing out his inner doubts and is motivating himself to win the hunt.