Briefly summarize the opening conversation between Rainsford and Whitney, explaining what the conversation might foreshadow in "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell....

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Two important moments occur in the opening conversation in Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," and both of them foreshadow something ominous.

First, Whitney is steering the ship past a mysterious island in the Caribbean known as "Ship-Trap Island." It is a rather eerie place which sailors all view quite superstitiously. Neither man can see it now, but Whitney knows it is there and Rainsford tries

to peer through the dank tropical night that was palpable as it pressed its thick warm blackness in upon the yacht.

The mood is eerie as they pass the island and Whitney explains that even the most stalwart sailor on his ship is afraid of the island. Whitney says to Rainsford,

very gravely, "Don't you feel anything?"--as if the air about us was actually poisonous.

Rainsford admits (to the readers and himself, not to Whitney) that he feels something as they pass the island, as well.

Now, you mustn't laugh 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.

The second rather ominous moment in the conversation between Whitney and Rainsford has to do with hunting. Rainsford is a world-class hunter, but Whitney expresses some sympathy for the animals he hunts. Rainsford is adamant:

The world is made up of two classes--the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are hunters.

Anyone who is so certain of something is tempting fate to prove him wrong. 

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