What is the outcome of the story "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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It sounds as if you haven't finished the entire short story, or you would be able to answer this one for yourself. In "The Most Dangerous Game," Rainsford has successfully eluded Zaroff for nearly three days. He has even turned the tables on Zaroff; his own traps have wounded the general, and killed Ivan and at least one of the dogs. However, Rainsford is finally forced into a corner where he must either face off with the armed Zaroff or dive from the rocks into the sea. Rainsford chooses the plunge from the cliff into the dangerous waters below. When Zaroff sees that Rainsford has made this decision, he assumes that his prey will drown, so Zaroff goes back to his home to celebrate his costly victory. After a fine meal, he withdraws into his bedroom. There, he is surprised by Rainsford, who has obviously survived his ordeal. Zaroff congratulates him on being the victor, but Rainsford tells him that the hunt is not over yet. The story ends with Rainsford settling down to a well-deserved sleep in Zaroff's own bed. It is evident that Rainsford has, in some manner, killed the Cossack--whether by yet another hunt or in cold-blooded murder is for the reader to decide.

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