| Quote #10
“They were no match at all for a hunter with his wits about him, and a high-powered rifle.” (1.90)
Let’s slow down here for a sec. How many animals could be a match for a hunter with a high-powered rifle—wits or no? We’d like to see a little discussion of technology and weaponry here.
| Quote #11
"I had no wish to go to pieces," he said. "I must do something. Now, mine is an analytical mind, Mr. Rainsford. Doubtless that is why I enjoy the problems of the chase." (1.92)
In the character of Zaroff, Connell makes some intriguing suggestions about the nature of the analytical mind. So much is said of strength and wits, but what about ethics? Zaroff’s intense desire to examine the state of things leaves out the central factor of morals. It’s almost as if they don’t exist on his island—maybe because they don’t have to?