| Quote #7
“A simple fellow, but, I'm afraid, like all his race, a bit of a savage." (1.58)
Now we get a little insight into Ivan. He is precious to Rainsford because of his simplicity. According to Zaroff’s characterization, Ivan is no brain trust. In a way, he fits into the category of Zaroff’s “scum of the earth.” Wonder if Zaroff ever thought of hunting him.
| Quote #8
“You see, I read all books on hunting published in English, French, and Russian. I have but one passion in my life, Mr. Rainsford, and it is the hunt." (1.69)
Zaroff may be a bookworm, but reading is not his passion. He does his research, but the real learning takes place outside the classroom.
| Quote #9
“My whole life has been one prolonged hunt.” (1.88)
Here’s some real soul-baring on Zaroff’s part. We see his desire to hunt as pathology, an obsession. His short bio tells us that hunting has been in him since he was a child shooting an innocent sparrow.