"The best sport in the world," agreed Rainsford. (1.8)
Trace the evolution of Rainsford’s understanding of violence. In the beginning, he clearly sees it as a sport. If we could ask him at the end, how might he describe it then?
“What I felt was a—a mental chill; a sort of sudden dread." (1.22)
Whitney taps into a central idea here: that the violence the characters will experience is not limited to what happens to your body, it’s also what happens in your head. But Rainsford dismisses Whitney’s fear as “Pure imagination.”
The cry was pinched off short as the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea dosed over his head. (1.33)
You don’t even need to see acts of violence to know that violence is out there. Connell places signs of threat everywhere. Even the Caribbean Sea seems menacing.