In the most dangerous game, what is general zaroff's opinion of the sailors he trains?I am deeply confused

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While sitting down with Rainsford on his first night on ShipTrap Island, General Zaroff tells Rainsford all about the new game that he has decided to hunt.  During this conversation, Zaroff tells Rainsford how he feels about his new prey.  He says,

"Life is for the strong, to be lived by the strong, and, if needs be, taken by the strong. The weak of the world were put here to give the strong pleasure. I am strong. Why should I not use my gift? If I wish to hunt, why should I not? I hunt the scum of the earth: sailors from tramp ships--lassars, blacks, Chinese, whites, mongrels--a thoroughbred horse or hound is worth more than a score of them."

Therefore, Zaroff's opinion of the sailors is not a very good one.  He feels that they are low class and not as worthy as he is or even as worthy as a horse or dog.

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