In "The Most Dangerous Game," does Zaroff describe how quickly he killed his victims?

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Zaroff doesn't go into great detail in describing how he killed his quarry, but he does tell us that hunting began to bore him because killing was too easy. He tells Raisnford, "I always got my quarry. Always. There is no greater bore than perfection." Then he says, "No animal had a chance with me any more. That is no boast; it is a mathematical certainty. The animal had nothing but his legs and his instinct. Instinct is no match for reason." When Rainsford asks the general what happens when he misses his target, Zaroff states that he has never lost:

"To date I have not lost," he said. Then he added, hastily: "I don't wish you to think me a braggart, Mr. Rainsford. Many of them afford only the most elementary sort of problem. Occasionally I strike a tartar. One almost did win. I eventually had to use the dogs."

For Zaroff, the sport is not in how quickly he can kill--it is simply to kill. If he misses with one gun, he'll try another. If the prey still eludes him, he set the dogs on it/him. He is a merciless killer.

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