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Describe General Zaroff's physical appearance & personality in "The Most Dangerous...
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Zaroff's personality, I believe, can best be described as calculating. Although a highly civilized man who has all the best pleasures of the world in food and drink, it took him no time to begin sizing up Rainsford as if Rainsford were a common simple animal. Zaroff would also demonstrate a sense of equity to his prey giving them good clothes, a set of rules, and the opportunity for a good night's rest before he played the most dangerous game with them.
Zaroff is a General, thus I think you could imagine the military clean cut features of a man. He is shorter than Rainsford and is Russian. A white man, he is often depicted in literature anthologies with a handlebar-type mustache. I see him smoking a long cigarette and alway appearing in beautiful fabrics and expensive clothes, except on the hunt.
Posted by missy575 on September 1, 2010 at 8:32 AM (Answer #1)
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Although we know little about Sanger Rainsford's physical appearance, we do know that General Zaroff
was a tall man past middle age, for his hair was a vivid white; but his thick eyebrows and pointed military mustache were as black as night...
Rainsford describes Zaroff as "singularly handsome" with a "bizarre quality" to his face. His eyes were also black, and he presented an "aristocratic" bearing with his
high cheekbones, a sharpcut nose, a spare, dark face...
When Zaroff smiled, he bore red lips and "pointed" teeth that often included a long, perfumed cigarette. We can assume that Zaroff and Rainsford were about the same size, since Zaroff provided him with clothing (" 'my clothes,' " Zaroff says) that proved to be a satisfactory fit.
(No doubt the gigantic Ivan was much larger than either of the other men; he was "the largest man" Rainsford had ever seen.)
Posted by bullgatortail on September 1, 2010 at 12:08 PM (Answer #2)
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