Rainsford was escaping Zaroff and to deceive him, Rainsford creates a trail of footsteps. "I'll give him a trail to follow,' muttered Rainsford. Then Zaroff approaches so Rainsford climbs up a tree. Zaroff seems to know of Rainsford's presence as "Very deliberately, he blew a smoke ring into the air.
General Zaroff tells Rainsford that he hunts people instead of animals. He displays this part as he states "we will hunt, you and I". In this scene Rainsford has to decide if he wants to accept Zaroff's challenge or leave the island.
As Rainsford ran from Zaroff it approached dawn. He reached a "Death Swamp". His foot "sank into the ooze" as "the muck sucked viciously at his foot as if it were a giant leach.