Whitney then decides to turn in for the night, but Rainsford wants to smoke his pipe on the deck for a while. Suddenly, he heard three gunshots in the distance and moves toward the railing of the deck to investigate. This man named General Zaroff called him to his island to hunt a dangerous animal but it was really called a human but he didn’t know that. He went hunting the next day he was the one to be hunted.
Zaroff greets Rainsford warmly and has Ivan show him to a room where he can dress for dinner. Trophies that Zaroff has brought back from his many hunting adventures around the world. “As the two men eat borscht, a red Russian soup, remarking on how dangerous it can be to hunt buffalo. Zaroff states that he now hunts far more dangerous game on his island.” He recounts past hunts, from his childhood in the Crimea to hunting big game around the world, but goes on to describe how the sport eventually became too easy.
General Zaroff reappears at lunchtime. General Zaroff is sad that hunting animals no longer satisfies him. He laments that the sailors he lures to the island present less and less of a challenge. “Zaroff promises to set Rainsford free if he lives through the next three days. “ Rainsford sets off into the jungle after receiving food, clothes, and a knife from Ivan. He cuts a complicated, twisting path through the undergrowth to confuse Zaroff and then climbs a tree to wait as darkness approaches.
Rainsford plants a trap for General Zaroff, but the trap kills Ivan instead. Cornering Rainsford at the edge of a cliff. Instead of facing the dogs, Rainsford jumps into the rocky sea below. “Before they fight, Zaroff states that the dogs will eat one of them that night while the other will sleep in the comfortable bed.” Rainsford later concludes that he has never slept in a more comfortable bed.
General Zaroff will be hunted by the dogs. Rainsford can finally sleep in peace. General Zaroff should’ve never of challenged Rainsford to fight him because he knew he was going to lose. General Zaroff is a foolish human being for challenging Rainsford. It all began when Rainsford fell off of the boat and swam to shore.