During Whitney's conversation with Sanger Rainsford at the beginning of the story, Connell foreshadows the horrifying nature of Ship-Trap Island when Whitney mentions that the island has a bad reputation among seafaring men. Whitney comments that the sailors all seemed on edge while they were approaching the island and that Captain Nelson told him, "This place has an evil name among seafaring men, sir" (1). The ominous, foreboding atmosphere surrounding Ship-Trap Island foreshadows Rainsford's terrifying experience on the island, where he is hunted by General Zaroff.
Connell once again foreshadows General Zaroff's sadistic game when Rainsford finally arrives on the island. As Rainsford is walking through the forest, he discovers a .22 caliber shell and remarks,
That's odd. It must have been a fairly large animal too. The hunter had his nerve with him to tackle it with a light gun. It's clear that the brute put up a fight. (3)
Rainsford's discovery of a small-caliber shell being used to hunt a...
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