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How does Rainsford manage to wound Zaroff?My question is about this passage: "I will...

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arseng | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted February 9, 2010 at 4:43 PM via web

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How does Rainsford manage to wound Zaroff?

My question is about this passage: "I will not lose my nerve. I will not." He slid down from the tree and struck off again into the woods. His face was set, and forced the machinery of his mind to function.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 9, 2010 at 10:13 PM (Answer #1)

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Rainsford manages to hurt Zaroff just a little bit by setting a trap for him.

Specifically, Rainsford uses a big tree that is leaning on a little one.  We are not told exactly how he manages it with only a knife as a tool, but he is able to make it so that the big tree will fall when Zaroff touches a trigger (a protruding branch).  Zaroff touches the trigger and the tree falls.  But Zaroff is quick enough and is paying good attention so the tree only hits his shoulder a little.

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