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What happens during the three days of the chase in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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asianprincess... | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 11, 2008 at 12:20 PM via web

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What happens during the three days of the chase in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 11, 2008 at 3:18 PM (Answer #1)

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On the first day of the game of wits, Rainsford seeks much distance between him and his predator. After making loopings like a fox, Rainsford rests like a cat in a tree.   Zaroff follows the trail to the tree, lights a cigarette, and blows a smoke ring deliberately up to Rainsford.  Then he leaves.

In the morning mist of day two, Rainsford realizes that he has become the mouse with which a cat, Zaroff, plays.  He slides from the tree and strikes off into the woods until he spots a huge dead tree to create a Malay man-catcher, earning the admiration of the general who side-steps the trap enough to receive only a blow to his shoulder.  He leaves.

At dusk, Rainsford races through the woods to Death Swamp and  quicksand.  Desperately he digs a pit, inserting sharpened stakes at the bottom, covering them with a weeds and branches. Soon he hears a pursurer, then a scream.  But, the victim is one of the general's dogs.  The general compliments him on the Burmese tiger pit and returns home.

On the third day, Rainsford is awakened by hounds, runs and climbs a tree where he spots Zarloff and Ivan with the pack.  Rainsford descends, attaches his knife to a sapling and ties it back. He runs, then listens. Ivan is hit, but not Zaroff. Rainsford descends and runs to the sea, diving in.

Thinking Rainsford has not played the game, Zarloff discovers Rainsford in his bedroom.  They duel; Rainsford sleeps well that night.

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Posted October 17, 2009 at 1:57 AM (Answer #2)

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On the first day of the game of wits, Rainsford seeks much distance between him and his predator. After making loopings like a fox, Rainsford rests like a cat in a tree.   Zaroff follows the trail to the tree, lights a cigarette, and blows a smoke ring deliberately up to Rainsford.  Then he leaves.

In the morning mist of day two, Rainsford realizes that he has become the mouse with which a cat, Zaroff, plays.  He slides from the tree and strikes off into the woods until he spots a huge dead tree to create a Malay man-catcher, earning the admiration of the general who side-steps the trap enough to receive only a blow to his shoulder.  He leaves.

At dusk, Rainsford races through the woods to Death Swamp and  quicksand.  Desperately he digs a pit, inserting sharpened stakes at the bottom, covering them with a weeds and branches. Soon he hears a pursurer, then a scream.  But, the victim is one of the general's dogs.  The general compliments him on the Burmese tiger pit and returns home.

On the third day, Rainsford is awakened by hounds, runs and climbs a tree where he spots Zarloff and Ivan with the pack.  Rainsford descends, attaches his knife to a sapling and ties it back. He runs, then listens. Ivan is hit, but not Zaroff. Rainsford descends and runs to the sea, diving in.

Thinking Rainsford has not played the game, Zarloff discovers Rainsford in his bedroom.  They duel; Rainsford sleeps well that night.

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