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To Build A Fire by Jack London A man travels in the Yukon on an extremely cold morning with a wolf dog The cold does not faze the man who plans to meet his friends by six oclock at an old claim As it grows colder he realizes his unprotected cheekbones will freeze but he doesnt pay much attention He walks along a creek trail mindful of the dangerous concealed springs even getting wet feet on such a cold day is extremely dangerous He stops for lunch and builds a fire The man continues on and in a seemingly safe spot falls through the snow and wets himself up to his shins He curses his luck starting a fire and drying his foot-gear will delay him at least an hour His feet and fingers are numb but he starts the fire He remembers the old man from Sulphur Creek who had warned him that nobody should travel alone when the temperature was fifty degrees below zero The man unties his moccasins but before he can cut the frozen strings on them clumps of snow from the spruce tree above fall down and snuff out the fire Building a fire in the open would have been wiser but it had been easier for the man to take twigs from the spruce tree and drop them below on to the fire Each time he pulled a twig he slightly agitated the tree until a branch higher up dropped its load of snow It turned over lower branches in turn until a small avalanche put out the fire The man is scared and begins building a new fire aware that he is already going to lose a few toes from frostbite His fingers numb and nearly lifeless he unsuccessfully attempts to light a match He grabs all his matches and lights them simultaneously then sets fire to a piece of bark He starts the
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