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Quotes

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.

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