We do our best to preserve the amenities of civilization here. Please forgive any lapses. We are well off the beaten track, you know. Do you think the champagne has suffered from its long ocean trip?
You’ll have a cocktail, Mr. Rainsford?
Not in the least!
you were surprised that I recognized your name. You see, I read all books on hunting published in English, French, and Russian. I have but one passion in my life, Mr. Rainsford, and it is the hunt.
You have some wonderful heads here,” said Rainsford as he ate a particularly well- cooked filet mignon. “ That Cape buffalo is the largest I ever saw.
Here in my preserve on this island, I hunt more dangerous game.
No. You are wrong, sir. The Cape buffalo is not the most dangerous big game.
that the Cape buffalo is the most dangerous of all big game
I’ve always thought,
We will have some capital hunting, you and I,I shall be most glad to have your society.
Ivan conducted Mr. Rainsford into the medieval like dining area followed be General Zaroff to sit down and have dinner. Mr. Rainsford is astonished by the high ceilings and fine china and silverware.
I’ll tell you,
But what game—
I wanted the ideal animal to hunt, it must be able to reason.
It had become too easy, No animal had a chance with me any more
I asked myself why the hunt no longer fascinated me
General Zaroff seems to be studying Mr. Rainsford very deeply. General Zaroff and Mr. Rainsford continue their conversation while finishing up their dinner
I had to invent a new animal to hunt,
A new animal? You’re joking
What was it?
But no animal can reason,
“How extraordinarily droll you are!”
As General Zaroff sips on his wine, he is enlightened to tell Mr. Rainsford about what actually is big game!
I’ll wager you’ll forget your notions when you go hunting with me
Hunting? Great Guns, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder.
Thank you, I’m a hunter, not a murderer!
General Zaroff interests Mr. Rainsford by telling him he has invited a new sensation to hunting, before telling him how hunting was beginning to bore him.
You will be amused, I know. I think I may say, in all modesty, that I have done a rare thing. I have invented a new sensation.
The general explains to Mr. Rainsford about why the hunt no longer fascinated him, and what exactly he did to fix that problem of his, which was extremely alarming to Mr. Rainsford
there is one that can
But you can’t mean—,“I can’t believe you are serious, General Zaroff. This is a grisly joke.
Mr. Rainsford is extremely disgusted at what General Zaroff had just told him. The General is trying to make excuses as to why it is ok and not bad at all while Mr. Rainsford has a completely different opinion.