"He struggled up to the surface and tried to cry out, but the wash from the speeding yacht slapped him in the face and the salt water in his open mouth made him gag and strangle" (Connell 2).
"Rainsford held his breath. The general's eyes...were traveling inch by inch up the tree. Rainsford froze there.... But the sharp eyes of the hunter stopped before they reached the limb where Rainsford lay; a smile spread over his brown face" (Connell 10).
"Rainsford knew he could do one of two things. He could stay where he was and wait. That was suicide. He could flee. That was postponing the inevitable. For a moment he stood there, thinking " (Connell 14).
Nerve, nerve, nerve!
External Conflict (Man vs. Nature) After falling off of a yacht, Rainsford finds himself at conflict with the sea. Having no where to go, Rainsford tries to cry for help as he is swept under by the waves from the boat.
External Conflict (Man vs. Man) While fleeing for his life, Rainsford finds safety in a tree. Soon after, Rainsford is approach by General Zaroff, the man who intends to hunt him! Rainsford's three day hunting experience demonstrates an external conflict with the General; one that could end with his life.
Internal Conflict (Man vs. Self) Fleeing from General Zaroff's pack of angry dogs, Rainsford finds himself on the edge of a cliff with an internal conflict: he has to make a decision of whether he will stay and fight, or jump into the sea. Either option is undesirable.