"He lunged for it; a short. hoarse cry came from his lips as he realized he had reached too far and had lost his balance."
Conflict between Rainsford and Zaroff
"no you are wrong sir. The cape buffalo is not the most dangerous game."
"the cape buffalo is the most dangerous big game of all."
Conflict between Rainsford and himself
"Ten minuets of determined effort brought another sound to his ears - the most welcoming sound he had ever heard - the muttering and growling of the sea breaking on a rocky shore
Rainsford was standing on the rail of the yatch and lost his balance and fell over board. Rainsford falling off caused him to meet General Zaroff when he washed up on a rocky shore.
Rainsford and General Zaroff were arguing about if the cape buffalo is the most dangerous game or not. If this wouldn't have happened then they would haven never went on a hunt to find the most dangerous game that zaroff was talking about
Rainsford then heard a crashing sound and saw a rocky shore and there he met General zaroff. If Rainsford wouldn't have made it to the shore he would have never meet General zaroff and they would have never went to find the dangerous game.