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Quotes

Quote #4

“Instinct is no match for reason.” (1.98)

This idea dominates the story, so keep it at the forefront of your mind as you read—and maybe as you live your daily life. Can you always think your way out of a situation?

Quote #5

“Your brain against mine. Your woodcraft against mine. Your strength and stamina against mine. Outdoor chess!” (1.162)

Ask yourself this one: Why doesn’t Zaroff just play chess? Because he likes the physical challenge, too?

Quote #6

He saw that straight flight was futile; inevitably it would bring him face to face with the sea. He was in a picture with a frame of water, and his operations, clearly, must take place within that frame. (2.2)

Rainsford’s first thought is that he must function on the territory of the island itself. It’s only when he throws away this idea that he is able to survive—and prevail.

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