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

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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 is not sure exactly why, but says that 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 to be 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 gun shots 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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