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‘Rainsford sprang up and moved quickly to the rail, mystified. He strained his eyes in the direction from which the reports had come, but it was like trying to see through a blanket. He leapt upon the rail and balanced himself there, to get greater elevation; his pipe, striking a rope, was knocked from his mouth. He lunged for it; a short, hoarse cry came from his lips as he realized he had reached too far and had lost his balance. The cry was pinched off short as the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea closed over his head.’
The protagonist has fallen into the ‘blood warm water.’ what I learned from the protagonist is that is that he is a risky person reaching for his pipe. Also I learned that the protagonist is the type of a person that will risk his life for things.
‘He heard the sharp scream of pain as the pointed stakes found their mark. He leapt up from his place of concealment. Then he cowered back. Three feet from the pit a man was standing, with an electric torch in his hand. “You’ve done well, Rainsford,” the voice of the general called. “Your Burmese tiger pit has claimed one of my best dogs. Again you score. I think, Mr. Rainsford, I’ll see what you can do against my whole pack. I’m going home for a rest now. Thank you for a most amusing evening’
The protagonist has made it to the point where Zaroff releases the hounds. This shows me that the protagonist is very skilled in the environment and being a hunter is living up to his name. Also it re veils that the protagonist might have a chance of wining the game.