"The first thing Rainsford discerened was the largest man Rainsford had ever seen...Rainsford's first impression was that the man was singularly handsome; his second was that there was an original almost bizarre quality about the general's face." (Connell). After these initial thoughts, it is clear that Rainsford has met his match with Zaroff, the impression evolves further to the point where Rainsford gains respect for Zaroff's intellect and skill in a game where Zaroff is the hunter and Rainsford the huntee. Rainsford's overwhelming impression of Zaroff is one of fear and admiration and the tension is palpable.
As Rainsford enters the chateau he sees Ivan. He thought that Ivan was the largest man he had ever seen. Then down the hall came General Zaroff he mentally noted the man as singularly handsome; his second thought was that there was an original and bizarre quality about the general's face. These feelings all take place before he even knows exactly how bizarre the general is. Throughout the story I think that Rainsford becomes more and more concerned with the generals actions. Then it is revealed that he intends on hunting Rainsford and his feelings are confirmed.
I just finished this short story with my 9th graders they really enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy it as much as they did.