During his stay on the remote Caribbean island in "The Most Dangerous Game," Sanger Rainsford learns much about the past history of his host, General Zaroff. The general had received his first gun when he was five years old, and he killed his first bear when he was 10. Zaroff eventually entered the Russian army, where he "commanded a division of Cossack cavalry." Following the fall of the Czar, many Russian noblemen lost their fortunes, but not Zaroff, who "had invested heavily in American securities." His wealthy father had owned "a quarter of a million acres in the Crimea" before the Russian Revolution. Zaroff soon discovered that he was born for the hunt, and he traveled the world to seek out the most challenging prey.
A former Cossack cavalryman, the eccentric General Zaroff relates this bit of his personal background during his talk with Sanger Rainsford during their meal in "The Most Dangerous Game." Over a bowl of borsch washed down with glasses of champagne and port, Zaroff tells Rainsford about his youth in Russia, growing up as a privileged youth whose father was quite wealthy.
He was a very rich man with a quarter of a million acres in the Crimea...
His father was an avid hunter and sportsman, and Zaroff soon became enamored with the sport. He received his first gun at the age of five, and he killed his first bear when he was just 10.
a quarter of a million