| Quote #1
“I hope the jaguar guns have come from Purdey's. We should have some good hunting up the Amazon. Great sport, hunting.” (1.7)
Though it’s not football or hockey, hunting is a sport to these men. But things get sticky when you start caring about animals and assuming they have feelings. Just don’t go there.
| Quote #2
“Be a realist. The world is made up of two classes--the hunters and the huntees. Luckily, you and I are hunters.” (1.14)
Luck? What is this, the lotto? Rainsford has a pretty simplified idea of human categories. And by the way, does the fact that he refers to them as “two classes” have anything to do with Zaroff’s whole attitude as a privileged aristocrat?
| Quote #3
He was finding the general a most thoughtful and affable host, a true cosmopolite. But there was one small trait of the general's that made Rainsford uncomfortable. Whenever he looked up from his plate he found the general studying him, appraising him narrowly. (1.68)
Rainsford doesn’t know it yet but the competition has already begun. That creepy feeling is Zaroff sizing Rainsford up as his next prey. This is what you would call a literal meat market.