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The Most Dangerous Game

by Richard Edward Connell

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How does "you can't judge a book by its cover" apply to General Zaroff in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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This old adage does seem to fit General Zaroff well. Rainsford's first impression of Zaroff is certainly a favorable one. Zaroff's "palatial chateau" is full of magnificent furnishings--from a marble stairway and high-beamed ceiling to the canopied bed and refectory tables. Zaroff himself is a handsome man, with

... the face of an aristocrat.

Zaroff is surrounded by luxuries

... and, Rainsford noted, the table apointments were of the finest--the linen, the crystal, the silver, the china.

Everything inside Zaroff's home was of the finest variety, including the food he eats, the wine he drinks, and the cigarettes he smokes. Despite the luxuries and his appearance as a true gentleman, Zaroff was anything but. A barbarian of the worst kind, he proved to be a murderous man whose apparent hospitality was only a ruse to give Rainsford the strength and stamina to provide the Cossack with a challenging hunt.

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