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"He lived a year in a minute," Connell writes of his protagonist, Sanger Rainsford, whose exemplary hunting skills are put to a life-threatening test in this suspenseful narrative about one man hunting another. Rainsford, not exactly the most emotional of men, finds himself washed ashore an island in the Caribbean, and soon enough is in a horrific situation as the hunted prey of one General Zaroff. As the malicious "game" orchestrated by Zaroff gets underway, Connell uses the above mentioned hyperbole (defined as a purposeful exaggeration for effect) as well as many metaphors constructed to describe the nature of the hunt. At one point, Rainsford thinks to himself, "The Cossack [Zaroff] was the cat; he [Rainsford] was the mouse." Rainsford also refers to himself as "a beast at bay" as he prepares for one final attempt to save his own life when he confronts Zaroff in Zaroff's bedroom.
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