is a famous American hunter and author of books about hunting. Zaroff
also shares the love of hunting, but he has allowed his to turn into a savage, brutal hunt of human beings. Both men also like the finer things of life--nice rooms, fine wine, etc. Zaroff speaks very well, showing that he's educated and refined, but this outward persona belies his savagery underneath. Rainsford is horrifed when he first learns of what Zaroff is doing and realizes that hunting humans is just a game for Zaroff. At the end, Rainsford goes back to kill Zaroff, and we are left wondering whether Rainsford has enjoyed the hunt between Zaroff and himself so much that maybe Rainsford may take Zaroff's place.