Where does Rainsford spend his flirst night of being hunted in "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell?

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Sanger Rainsford is the protagonist of Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game," and he is a world-reknown big-game hunter. Almost before he knows it, he finds himself stranded on an island and in the home of another world-class hunter, General Zaroff. Unfortunately for Rainsford, Zaroff has grown bored with hunting animals and has now moved to hunting humans.

Rainsford, of course, provides the perfect prey for a bored big-game hunter, and Zaroff plans to hunt Rainsford for the next three days. If, by the end of that time, Rainsford manages to elude capture, he will be free to leave the island (or so Zaroff says). Rainsford spends most of the first day creating a trail which he does not believe Zaroff will be able to follow, especially at night; however, that night Zaroff successfully tracks Rainsford who is sitting in a tree. Though Zaroff certainly knows where Rainsford is, he leaves and goes home to bed, saving Rainsford for another day.

Rainsford did not want to believe what his reason told him was true, but the truth was as evident as the sun that had by now pushed through the morning mists. The general was playing with him! The general was saving him for another day's sport! The Cossack was the cat; he was the mouse. Then it was that Rainsford knew the full meaning of terror.

Rainsford spent the night perched in a tree, hoping he outwitted Zaroff. Though he did not manage to do that, he does live to be hunted another day.

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The Most Dangerous Game

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