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In "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, Ship-Trap Island is the setting of the story which acts as another character with its complex terrain and mysterious reputation. Set deep in the Caribbean, the island is known for causing trouble to all who pass.

At the beginning of the story, when Rainsford and Whitney are chatting on the boat, the island is described in may ways:

"The old charts call it 'Ship-Trap Island,'" Whitney replied. "A suggestive name, isn't it? Sailors have a curious dread of the place. I don't know why. Some superstition—"

"Even cannibals wouldn't live in such a God-forsaken place. But it's gotten into sailor lore, somehow."

Whitney explains that even the captain of the ship was weary.

"Yes, even that tough-minded old Swede, who'd go up to the devil himself and ask him for a light. Those fishy blue eyes held a look I never saw there before. All I could get out of him was 'This place has an evil name among seafaring men, sir.' Then he said to me, very gravely,...

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