| Quote #1
A certain cool headedness had come to him; it was not the first time he had been in a tight place. (1. 34)
He’s a hunter, after all. He’s probably faced down a Sumatran rhinoceros in the tropical lowlands of Borneo—you think a little water is going to stop him? But of course, this is only the beginning.
| Quote #2
[…] and doggedly he swam in that direction, swimming with slow, deliberate strokes, conserving his strength (1.35)
Well, he is swimming toward the pistol shots, but we’ll give him credit that he knows what he’s doing. Notice that he’s not thrashing around—he’s slow and deliberate, knowing he’s in for the long haul.
| Quote #3
What perils that tangle of trees and underbrush might hold for him did not concern Rainsford just then (1.39)
So whether something was lurking in the jungle waiting to pounce does not concern a man who is just trying to survive.