The exposition is introduced when Rainsford has a conversation with Whitney,"'Can’t see it,' remarked Rainsford, trying to peer through the dank tropical night that was palpable as it pressed its thick warm blackness in upon the yacht" (Connell 60).
The author mentions,"He leaped upon the rail and balanced himself there, to get greater elevation; his pipe, striking a rope, was knocked from his mouth. 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. The cry was pinched off short as the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea closed over his head" (Connell 63).
The rising action is expressed through General Zaroff and Rainsford's conversation,"'Tonight,' said the general, 'we will hunt—you and I.' Rainsford shook his head. 'No, General,' he said. 'I will not hunt'"(Connell 73).
The author reveals the climax when he states,"Across acove he could see the gloomy gray stone of the château. Twenty feet below himthe sea rumbled and hissed. Rainsford hesitated. He heard the hounds. Then he leaped far out into the sea. . . ." (Connell 80).
Connell points out the falling action when,"Rainsford did not smile. 'I am still a beast at bay,' he said, in a low, hoarse voice. 'Get ready, General Zaroff.' The general made one of his deepest bows. 'I see,' he said. 'Splendid! One of us is to furnish a repast for the hounds. The other will sleep in this very excellent bed. On guard, Rainsford. . . .'" (Connell 80).
The resolution is uncovered at the end of the story,"He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided" (Connell 80).
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