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The Most Dangerous Game

by Richard Edward Connell

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How did Rainsford reach the island in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Rainsford is traveling on a yacht through the Caribbean Sea when he hears several gunshots coming from the direction of a nearby island. Rainsford is startled and moves quickly to the rail of the yacht. As Rainsford is straining his eyes to see where the shots are coming from, he climbs on top of the rail and attempts to balance himself. Unfortunately, Rainsford's pipe gets knocked out of his mouth, and he reaches for it. When Rainsford reaches for his pipe, he loses his balance and falls off of the yacht into the water. The yacht continues to travel through the water at a rapid pace and Rainsford is unable to catch up to it. Rainsforth then begins to swim to his right towards the island where he heard the shots. After swimming for ten minutes, Rainsford reaches the rocky edge of the island and climbs the ledge of rocks to shore. 

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After Rainsford falls off the yacht, he calls for help but the yacht fades away quickly. Having zero visibility a cool-headedness comes over him because he remembered hearing shots from a certain direction. He begins to swim in that direction.

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Rainsford heard a sound. It came out of the darkness , a high screaming sound, the sound of an animal in an extremity of anguish and terror.

This sound gave him a "fresh vitality" and he swam with more force in that direction. These sounds were of life and not just life on a boat, he would eventually hit land. He continued to hear gunshots. Finally he heard the lapping of water on a jagged rocky shore. He climbed the cliff and ended up on the edge of the jungle for a deep sleep.

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Rainsford is on a yacht, heading somewhere to go hunting.  It is a very dark night, he and his companion can hardly see anything.

Rainsford is just hanging out when he hears a gunshot from an island that he knows is there, but cannot see in the dark.  In an attempt to see what is going on, he is stupid enough to jump up on the rail of the yacht.

While he is up there, his pipe bumps into a rope and falls out of his mouth.  When he grabs for it, he is not careful and into the water he goes.

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What happened between Rainsford and General Zaroff at the end of the story "The Most Dangerous Game"?

The story is missing some specifics, but  the outcome is that Rainsforth kills Zaroff.  At the end of the story, Rainsforth sleeps in Zaroff’s bed.  The implication is that Rainsforth has killed Zaroff.  After Rainsforth jumps off the cliff, Zaroff returns home.  Later that night Rainsforth appears, from where he has been hiding in Zaroff’s room, and Zaroff congratulates him on winning the game, but Rainsforth informs him that they are still playing.  Zaroff has assumed that Rainsforth won, because the game was to survive three days in the judge and Rainsforth has done so, but Rainsforth only wins when he kills Zaroff. 

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In "The Most Dangerous Game," where does Rainsford finally meet Zaroff?

In Richard Connel's short story "The Most Dangerous Game" a big game hunter named Sanger Rainsford accidentally falls off a yacht heading for South America and swims to a nearby island. On the island he discovers a "palatial chateau" in the middle of the jungle. There he meets General Zaroff for the first time. Zaroff is a Cossack who fled Russia after the civil war. It turns out that, because he has grown bored with hunting animals, Zaroff now hunts men.

When Rainsford refuses to hunt with Zaroff, the general provides Rainsford with a three day head start, a pair of moccasins and a hunting knife. Then Zaroff sets out to hunt Rainsford. Although Rainsford wounds Zaroff and kills the general's servant and best dog, he eventually has to jump into the ocean to escape.

After eluding the general, Rainsford swims across a cove to Zaroff's chateau and hides in the bedroom. Rainsford confronts the general and they duel. The final lines of the story reveal that Rainsford has won:

He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided. 

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In "The Most Dangerous Game," how did Rainsford end up in Zaroff's room?

Unfortunately, the story does not elaborate at all on the methods Rainsford employed in order to swim to Zaroff's home or enter his bedroom.  We are only told that he jumps out as far as possible before hitting the water, presumably out of fear of landing on rocks.  Later, Zaroff, in shock, does question Rainsford's means of arriving in his room; Rainsford answers that he swam.  That is the extent of the reader's knowledge.

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