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Quote #4

"No animal had a chance with me any more. That is no boast; it is a mathematical certainty. The animal had nothing but his legs and his instinct. Instinct is no match for reason.”

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“[The ideal quarry] must have courage, cunning, and, above all, it must be able to reason.” (1.89, 98)

What does Zaroff mean by “mathematical certainty” in this context?

Quote #5

"A twenty-two," he remarked. "That's odd. It must have been a fairly large animal too.” (1.44)

Think about how guns figure into the strength vs. skill argument. Which one is required to shoot a gun? Both? Neither?

Quote #6

The first thing Rainsford's eyes discerned was the largest man Rainsford had ever seen—a gigantic creature, solidly made and black bearded to the waist. (1.48)

Meet Ivan. He’s Zaroff’s heavy—the one who wields the whip. Is he the brawn to Zaroff’s brain? Does he have strength or skill?

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