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In Richard Connell's short story, "The Most Dangerous Game," Ship-Trap Island is situated in the Caribbean sea. The "old Swede," Captain Nielsen, who steers the ship on which Whitney and Rainsford journey in the jungle to hunt jaguars, is uneasy about navigating around this island. Whitney recalls what the old captain has told him,
"'This place has an evil name among seafaring men, sir.....Don't you feel anything?'--as if the air about us was actually poisonous. Now, you musn't laught when I tell you this--I did feel something like a sudden chill.
"There was no breeze. The sea was as flat as a plate-glass window. We were drawing near the island then. What I felt was a --a mental chill; a sort of sudden dread."
Of course, Rainsford scoffs at the words of Whitney. But Whitney tells his friend that he thinks at times that evil is tangible and has wavelengths, just as sound and light have; then, he retires for the evening. After Whitney leaves, it is not long before Rainsford falls overboard into the "blod-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea." He swims for a long time until he hears a pistol shot and a shriek. Finally, he hears the sea breaking against "a rocky shore."
He was almost on the rocks before he saw them; on a night less calm he would have been shattered against them. With his remaining strength, he dragged himself from the swirling waters. Jagged crags appeared to jut up into the opaqueness...Dense jungle came down to the very edge of the cliffs. What perils that tangle of trees and underbrush might hold...did not concern Rainsford just then....an unbroken front of snarled and ragged jungle fringed the shore. [There was] a closely knit web of weeds and trees....
On the island is a
palatial chateau; it was set on a high bluff, and on three sides of it cliffs dived down to where the sea licked greedy lips in the shadows....[There is] a tall siked iron gate....the massive door with a leering gargoyle for a knocker was real enough.
Once inside Sanger Rainsford meets Ivan and General Zaroff, equally as formidable as the weeds, underbrush, cliffs, jagged crags, and jungle. When he is later "hunted" by Zaroff, Rainsford finds himself making his way by "a swamp" and "on a ridge," he climbs a tree. "Down a watercourse" he can see the bush moving as Ivan and the dogs track him.
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