" 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 dosed over his head. "
"The man’s only answer was to raise with his thumb the hammer of his revolver. Then Rainsford saw the man’s free hand go to his forehead in a military salute, and he saw him click his heels together and stand at attention. Another man was coming down the broad marble steps, an erect, slender man in evening clothes. He advanced to Rainsford and held out his hand."
"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 up from his place of concealment."
“Rainsford!” screamed the general. “How in God’s name did you get here?”“Swam,” said Rainsford. “I found it quicker than walking through the jungle.”The general sucked in his breath and smiled. “I congratulate you,” he said. “You have won the game.”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 repast57 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. "
"The menacing look in the eyes did not change. The revolver pointing as rigidly as if the giant were a statue. He gave no sign that he understood Rainsford’s words, or that he had even heard them. He was dressed in uniform — a black uniform trimmed with gray astrakhan." 17