MeiMei was able to learn chess at such a young age. "I was six when my mother taught me the art of invisible strength." "At the next tournament, I won again".
Her mom was always pushing MeiMei to do better and wanted the best for her. "Next time win more, lose less." "Lost eight piece this time. Last time was eleven. What I tell you? Better off lose less!"
MeiMei's brother (Vincent)- Jealous
Arnold made it seem like he wasn't going to harm Connie, so she believed him. "She put out her hands against the screen. She watched herself push the door slowly open as if she were back safe somewhere in the other doorway, watching his body and head of long hair moving out into the sunlight where Arnold Friend waited."
General Zaroff- Maniac
I'll only give you food, clothes, and some time to practice.
Arnold kept making Connie think he just wanted to "go for a ride". "Don'tcha wanna see what's in the car? Don'tcha wanna go for a ride?" "Just for a ride, Connie sweetheart."
Wanna come for a ride? Just you and me.
MeiMei doesn't have todo the chores anymore so Vincent does. "Why does she get to play and we do all the work?" complained Vincent.
Why do I have to do all the chores?
"It's a game, you see," pursued the general blandly. "I suggest to one of them that we go hunting. I give him a supply of food and an excellent hunting knife. I give him three hours' start. I am to follow, armed only with a pistol of the smallest caliber and range. If my quarry eludes me for three whole days, he wins the game. If I find him "--the general smiled--" he loses."