"'Off there to the right-somewhere-is a large island,' said Whitney. It's rather a mystery,--'" (Connell, 1).
Rising Action 1
"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 pitched off short as the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea dosed over his head," (Connell, 2).
Rising Action 2
"'Tonight,' said the general, 'we will hunt--you and I,'" (Connell, 9.)
On the very first page of Connell's short story, readers are introduced to the setting. Whitney and Rainsford are talking about the mysterious island called Ship-Trap Island, a landmass that has many superstitions surrounding it.
Rising Action 3
"'You've done well, Rainsford,' the voice of the general called. 'Your Burmese tiger pit has claimed one of my best dogs. Again you score,'"(Connell, 12).
After trying to investigate what he thinks are gunshots, Rainsford gets up to go to the rail of the ship. While doing so, his pipe falls out of his mouth and he tries to grab it before it falls into the sea. Unfortunately, he loses his balance and his pipe, along with him both fall into the murky waters below.
"'Rainsford!' screamed the general. 'How in God's name did you get here,'"(Connell, 13).
General Zaroff challenges Rainsford to a hunt after talking over dinner. Although Rainsford initially refuses, the general threatens him with a multitude of different things, and Rainsford eventually complies out of fear for his life. Rainsford is given proper hunting clothes, a knife, some food, and a little bit of a head start.
"The general sucked in his breath and smiled. 'I congratulate you,' he said. 'You have won the game,'" (Connell, 13).
Throughout the three day time period of the hunt, Rainsford seems to be more skilled than Zaroff had initially thought. This is shown through the numerous times that Rainsford outsmarts the general. Although his efforts actually entertain the general, they also save Rainsford's life in the end.
After Rainsford jumps into the sea to get away from Zaroff's dogs, the general is annoyed that he managed to escape. However, he gets it off his mind by drinking some wine and reading a book. Just as he finally manages to soothe himself, he goes to his bedroom only to find Rainsford hiding behind his curtain.
Even though General Zaroff can be argued to be a murderer, he is still honest. Throughout the story, he is seen as a bad person, but also a man of his word. When he realized that he lost his game for the first time ever, he didn't deny it, but instead admitted his defeat.