What are three examples of foreshadowing in the short story, "The Most Dangerous Game," by Richard Connell?

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Author Richard Connell uses foreshadowing to great advantage in his short story "The Most Dangerous Game." Early in the story, he acknowledges that "sailors have a curious dread of the place. I don't know why. Some superstition--" Later, the captain of Rainsford's yacht remarks that

" 'Don't you feel anything? '--as if the air about us was actually poisonous. Now, you mustn't laugh when I tell you this--I did feel something like a sudden chill."

After falling off the ship, Rainsford hears shots and then screaming. Reaching shore, he notices a spot that is matted where something had "thrashed about." After meeting Zaroff, they discuss the impressive head of the Cape buffalo on the wall. When Rainsford states that the Cape buffalo is the greatest of all big game, Zaroff disagrees:

"No. You are wrong, sir. The Cape buffalo is not the most dangerous big game." He sipped his wine. "Here in my preserve on this island," he said in the same slow tone, "I hunt more dangerous game."

A puzzled Rainsford continues the discussion, eventually commenting that no animal can reason.

"My dear fellow," said the general, "there is one that can."

Rainsford would shortly discover the identity of Zaroff's next prey.



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