The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connel
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"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." (57)
"So i said: "what are the ideal 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.' 'But no animal can reason,' Objected Rainsford."My dear fellow,'Said the general,'there is one that can."(63)
Rising Action 1
"Tonight,' said the general,'we will hunt you and i.' Rainsford shook his head."No, general,' he said.'I will not hunt.' The general shrugged his shoulder and deliberately ate a hothouse grape.'As you wish, my friend,'he said.'The choice rests entirely on you. But may i not venture to suggest that you will find my idea of more diverting than Ivan's?"(67)
Rising action 2
Rainsford forced himself on toward that gap. He reached it. It was the shore of the sea. Across a cove he could see the gloomy gray stone of the chateau. Twenty feet below him the sea rumbled and hissed. Rainsford hesitated. He heard the hounds. Then he leaped far out into the sea. . . .
General Zaroff had an exceedingly good dinner in his great paneled dining hall that evening. With it he had a bottle of Pol Roger and half a bottle of Chambertin. Two slight annoyances kept him from perfect enjoyment. One was the thought that it would be difficult to replace Ivan; the other was that his quarry had escaped him;
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."
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