"It was General Zaroff. He made his way along with his eyes fixed in utmost concentration on the ground before him . He paused, almost beneath the tree dropped to his knees and studied the ground."
Fight and Flight!
"When the general, nursing his bruised shoulder, had gone, Rainsford took up his flight again. It was flight now, a desperate, hopeless flight, that carried him on for some hours."
"Then he felt an impulse to cry aloud with joy, for he heard the sharp crackle of the breaking branches as the cover of the pit gave way; he heard the sharp scream of pain as the pointed stakes found their mark. He leaped from his place of concealment. Then he coward back. Three feet from the pit a man was standing, with an electric torch in his hand."
The narrator shows that Rainsford is trying his best to hide, and examine General Zaroff. The narrator's focus is to create tension and a suspenceful scene. It leaves the reader wanting to know what will happen next, and they could also predict.
The narrator describes how Rainsford feels after he witnesses the general walking away with his injury. He knew he was going to come back, so he had to move on hopelessly for hours, while the general was planning something new. The reader does not know if Rainsford has a new plan, but they can hope he makes up a new one.
The narrator describes the excitemnet Rainsford feels as his Burmese Tiger pit had been a success. He had thought he had gotten General Zaroff, but it got one of his dogs instead. This lets the narrator think about what Rainsford will do next since Zarroff and him hadn't met face to face.
The narrator wanted the reader to feel suspence in this scene, and to not know weather Rainsford's plan would work against Zaroff and his dogs. The narrator wants the readers to understand how Rainsford feels when he describes what an animal at bay feels like.
"He caught hold of a springy young sapling and to it he fastened his hunting knife, with the blade pointing down the trail; with a bit of wild grapevine he tied back the sapling. Then he ran for his life. The hounds raised their voices as they hit the fresh scent. Rainsford knew how an animal at bay feels."
The outcome is when Rainsford terminates Zarroff and feeds him to the dogs. No one had won the game, and Rainsford was still a beast at bay. The reader can assume that they both fought and Rainsford had won, and fed Zaroff to the dogs, and slept in that comfortable bed.
"He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided."