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The Most Dangerous Game

by Richard Edward Connell

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Where does Rainsford spend his first night in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

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When the game begins, Rainsford immediately runs through the forest in an attempt to distance himself from General Zaroff. Rainsford then regains his bearings and realizes that the general will easily be able to follow his path through the forest. He then begins to run in circles, crossing his path numerous times and making elaborate loops in an attempt to confuse General Zaroff. Once Rainsford makes his false path, he decides to climb a tree and tries to sleep in its branches.

At this moment in the story, Rainsford is confident that the general will be unable to trace his path. Despite his confidence, he cannot sleep and is startled by the cry of a bird in the morning. Rainsford then peers down from the limb he is resting on and sees General Zaroff walking towards him. The general follows Rainsford's trail directly underneath the tree but does not look all the way up into its branches. The general simply smiles, blows a smoke ring into the air, and turns around to walk away. The general's casual reaction greatly disturbs Rainsford as he realizes that General Zaroff is saving him for another day of hunting.

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Rainsford's first night of the hunt was spent "big tree with a thick trunk and outspread branches.  He climbed up into the crotch and, stretching out on one of the broad limbs, after a fashion, rested.  Rainsford was very careful not to leave any signs for Zaroff to follow.

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On the first night that he's being hunted, Rainsford spends the whole night on the run from Zaroff. He rests in a tree at one point, and Zaroff tracks him but never looks up in the tree. This is when Rainsford realizes Zaroff is playing with him, so Rainsford then decides to set some traps. The first trap hurts Zaroff's shoulder, so he goes back to the chalet to get it seen to. At the Death Swamp, Rainsford builds the pit with the stakes and kills a dog. The next trap kills Ivan. At that point, Rainsford has to make the decision to jump off the cliff, and Zaroff goes back home.

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Where does Rainsford spend the first night of his hunt in "The Most Dangerous Game"?

In the short story "The Most Dangerous Game," Rainsford is sent out of Zaroff's compound to begin being hunted.  He says that he pulls himself together and begins to think as a hunter and the hunted.  He also states that he plays the fox for awhile and circles around the island making trails.  He realises that he is tire and dark is coming quickly so he spends his night sleeping in a tree, draped across a limb.

"A big tree with a thick trunk and outspread branches was near by, and, taking care to leave not the slightest mark, he climbed up into the crotch, and, stretching out on one of the broad limbs, after a fashion, rested. " (from The Most Dangerous Game.)

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

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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In the Richard Connell story "The Most Dangerous Game," where does Rainsford spend the first night of his hunt?

“The Most Dangerous Game” is a short story by Richard Connell that is often taught in the early high school years. It is usually taught as lesson in plotting, as Connell uses foreshadowing and suspense to create an interesting, action-oriented tale. For these reasons, students tend to like this story better than many of the stories they are assigned.

Rainsford is a character who happens upon an island inhabited by the Russian General Zaroff. Unbeknownst to Rainsford at the time, Zaroff is an avid hunter of a very specific type of game: man. When Rainsford finds himself being hunted like a wild animal, he must use all of his wits to try to outsmart Zaroff, who is an expert hunter. Zaroff tells Rainsford that if he can elude him for three days, he will be set free (a dubious promise if there ever was one!).

So Rainsford takes off through the jungle, trying to set a complicated and untraceable trail. When the first night falls, he climbs up into a tree to rest and pass the night, confident that Zaroff will not be able to find him there. Zaroff, however, is able to track him to the tree, but does not see him hiding in it. Thus Rainsford manages to survive for the first day.

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