Hi, I'm General Zaroff, and it is very nice to meet you Rainsford. "I have but one passion in my life Mr. Rainsford, and that is to hunt."
"I wanted the ideal animal to hunt ... so I said: 'What are the attributes of an ideal quarry?' And the answer was of course: It must have courage, cunning, and above all, it must be able to reason."
"General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder."
"Why had the General smiled? Why had he turned back? ... The General was playing with him! The General was saving him for another day's sport!"
Hahahaha! I can't believe Rainsford made such a stupid descision!
When General Zaroff first meets Rainsford, it is in the forest shortly after Rainsford has swam ashore after falling off his yacht. General Zaroff introduces himself and briefly explains what he does for a living: hunting.
"You're Burmese tiger pit has claimed one of my best dogs ... I think, Mr. Rainsford, I'll see what you can do against my whole pack."
General Zaroff explains the "game" he has invented to Rainsford. All of the other animals were too easy for him and he claims he needs a challenge. The perfect mammal to be hunted, Zaroff claims, are the inteligent, smart, and worth - while humans themselves. This disgusts Rainsford, for it's wrong to murder!
"He panted and dashed along ... [some] slight annoyances kept him from perfect enjoyment. One was the thought thought that it would be difficult to replace Ivan ..."
After a long talk, Rainsford agrees to hunt after realizing General Zaroff will stop at nothing to get his way. Rainsford tries to put distance between he and General Zaroff, and in the process sees General Zaroff on his feet. Out of fear, Rainsford climbs a tree but the General, being a very smart man knows where he is. Pretending to not know, the General walks away.
"'I am still a beast at bay' ... 'Get ready General Zaroff."
Rainsford finally comes up with a strategic plan: a Burmese tiger pit. The plan works and kills one of General Zaroffs best hounds. Strategically, the General lets Rainsford know he will have his hole pack the next time he comes. For the General is beginning to realize, Rainsford is not a force to be reckoned with.
Rainsford performs a Uganda knifetrick and it falls upon Ivan killing him. This leaves General Zaroff devestated. This is also one of the only times in the story the General uses an angry tone of voice. Extremely angry, Zaroff begins chasing Rainsford and his trail.
"'Nerve, nerve, nerve!"'
After Rainsford jumps into the sea to escape the hounds, he swims around the island back to the chateau. Leaving Zaroff clueless where Rainsford went, he returns home to find him in his room! Rainsford claims he still has a lot of fight left in him and the General claims he and Rainsford fight to finish things once and for all in a very calm voice. Rainsford kills the General in this fight. Rainsford has won the game.
"'I see' ... 'Splendid! One of us is to furnish a repast for the hounds. The other will sleep in this very excellent bed. On guard, Rainsford.'"
"He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided."