How does the reader learn that Zaroff is an intelligent and sophisticated man?"The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell

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In Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," while Rainsford converses with General Zaroff, he notices that the general has "the face of an aristocrat" and "a cultivated voice."  At the dinner table, the general takes from his pocket a gold cigarette case and offers his guest a long black cigarette with a silver tip, perfumed and with the scent of incense.  Then, the general describes his "rare thing" of creatinag a "new sensation":  his dangerous game.

With accuracy and great detail, the general describes his life, saying that as an officer of the Czar he had to leave Russia as other "noble Russians" had done.  Rather than having lost everything as others had, Zaroff intelligently made heavy investments in American securities, so he is comfortable.

Further, he explains to Rainsford that he realized that hunting was beginning to bore him, so he knew that he

"must do something.  Now, mine is an anlytical mind, Mr. Rainsford.  Doubtless that is shy I enjoy the problems of the chase."

Even when confronted with Rainsford at the end, Zaroff plays the gentleman:

"I congratulate you....You have won the game."