What is a summary of the first part of "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell?

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"The Most Dangerous Game," by Richard Connell, is a short story that turns the tables on who is prey and who is predator, showing how the hunter can become the hunted. The story opens on a ship, as two characters stand on deck and discuss where they are heading, a place called Rio. A minor character and hunter named Whitney talks with Rainsford, the protagonist, who is a noted author and respected international hunter. As Whitney and Rainsford stand on the ship's deck, they bandy about legends surrounding their foreboding destination, especially rumors of a nearby island sailors refer to as "Ship Trap Island." The implication is that they are in a dangerous setting and the ship could become trapped. The easy banter turns to the topic of hunting—the reason for their expedition—and Whitney ponders how the animals must feel during the hunt. Rainsford coldly dismisses his musings, saying, "they [the animals] have no understanding." After Whitney leaves the deck to retire for the night, Rainsford looks out over the vast, mysterious water. Just as he lights his pipe, he hears a loud noise and topples overboard into the dark sea. Rainsford's attitude and the discussion of Ship Trap Island both foreshadow important events to come.

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In the beginning of "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, we find Sanger Rainsford on a yacht with his hunting buddy, Whitney. It is very dark outside, and the two men are discussing this. Whitney tells Rainsford that there is an island nearby that has a very eerie reputation among the sailors. Whitney says that, while he is not sure exactly why, the island, known as "Ship-Trap Island," causes dread for sailors. The men continue to talk, changing the conversation to one about hunting as they head toward the Amazon. There is some foreshadowing here as Whitney wonders how the jaguar must feel being hunted, and Rainsford chastises him saying, "Bah! They've no understanding." Soon after, Whitney goes to bed, and Rainsford decides to go up on the deck to smoke. While he's there, he hears gunshots, and in an effort to see from where they came, he falls overboard and eventually ends up on Ship-Trap Island.

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