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On the surface Zaroff is supposed to be refined, cultured and civilized,
In a cultivated voice marked by a slight accent that gave it added precision and deliberateness, he said, "It is a very great pleasure and honor to welcome Mr. Sanger Rainsford, the celebrated hunter, to my home."
Of course we soon find out that the guy likes to hunt people for fun. So, I suppose it depends on what you consider "civilized" to be. I'd say that Zaroff is at heart, rather savage.