The Most Dangerous Game

What does Rainsford find odd about the bullet cartridge?

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..... the size of the bullet.

"A twenty-two," he remarked. "That's odd. It must have been a fairly large animal too. The hunter had his nerve with him to tackle it with a light gun. It's clear that the brute put up a fight. I suppose the first three shots I heard was when the hunter flushed his quarry and wounded it. The last shot was when he trailed it here and finished it."


The Most Dangerous Game

"Nonsense," laughed Rainsford. "This hot weather is making you soft, Whitney. Be a realist. The world is made up of two classes—the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are the hunters. Do you think we've passed that island yet?"

Read the excerpt of Zaroff speaking from "The Most Dangerous Game."

"Life is for the strong, to be lived by the strong, and, if needs be, taken by the strong. The weak of the world were put here to give the strong pleasure. I am strong. Why should I not use my gift? If I wish to hunt, why should I not? I hunt the scum of the earth—sailors from tramp ships—lascars, blacks, Chinese, whites, mongrels—a thoroughbred horse or hound is worth more than a score of them."

How do these excerpts show the difference between Rainsford and Zaroff?

Rainsford believes that animals are inferior to humans and therefore deserve to be hunted, while Zaroff feels this way about other humans.
Rainsford has a deep feelings and sympathy for the prey he hunts, while Zaroff has no feelings or sympathy for his prey at all.
Rainsford believes that it is acceptable to hunt all things as long as they are weaker, while Zaroff hunts only human beings.
Rainsford hunts for pure amusement, while Zaroff believes he is performing a service by hunting the “scum of the earth.”