Confronting all these odds was humanly impossible, but the lone traveller was not over-awed. He felt good because he had no luggage to carry other than his biscuits. With maximum caution, he moved forward measuring each step. Every warm breath the man exhales increases the ice deposit on his beard. He puts on his mittens and beats his hands in an attempt to restore feeling. It differs in some details, though the general structure and storyline are similar; the primary differences are as follows: in the first version it is not as cold, there is no dog, the fire is not doused, and the man named Tom Vincent suffers some permanent frostbite damage but survives, sad but wiser.
Allowing the environment to kill the man indicates that he is weak both mentally and biologically, while on the other hand the dog is stronger by surviving the same harsh environment. The man seems to have some kind of experience since he can survive for the time that he did. The dog tried to slip away. They all go up in smoke, and now the man knows he's in really big trouble. Trepidation and an unknown fear hd gripped his mind. He rubs his face as he walks, but the skin instantly returns to its numb state once he stops. The man is betrayed by his own body: his hands fail him and he cannot control his natural reaction to smoke which causes him to drop the lit match.
These were tucked in his pockets. The man is walking at four miles per hour and predicts his arrival at a place to eat lunch at half-past twelve. He remembers meeting an old man at Sulphur Creek who gave him traveling and safety advice. But, running seemed to be an uphill task. Now, the man realizes he is up shit creek without a paddle. When the dog comes, the man tries to grab it and is surprised again to find that his hands cannot grasp.
But it also shows his failure of imagination, his failure to be interested in and see the broader possibilities and risks of the world around him. However, it, too, felt the cold to be too harsh. Rachel Foxworth An Extremely Icy Examination What would you do if you had to trek across the frozen tundra of Alaska, in weather that was seventy-five degrees below zero? He has never experienced cold like that of the Yukon Trail but is confidant, regardless, that he will reach his goal of meeting his friends at the campsite. Some feeling returns painfully to his fingers and the man manages to remove the tree bark from his pocket. Having confidence on yourself is great but over-confidence can kill you. He feels ashamed for running around like some shmuck, so he decides to meet death with dignity.
The man puts on his mittens and stands. Eventually he lies in the snow, resting. Panicking, he starts to run along the trail. The Old Timer was right because if he had someone else there, that person could have built the fire. The man recognizes that it is very cold when he takes his mittens off and his fingers went numb very quickly. The man can't picture all the bad things that can happen in the wilderness, but the dog just knows things are bad. The climax of the story is when the man falls through the ice, wetting himself up to his knees.
Once, he startles away from a place as he feels the ice move. Only then he realizes that he should have brought along a friend. Then he thinks to himself how the Old Timer was right. He laughs, realizing he should have immediately made a fire. His pants and boots are wet to the knees.
This literary technique allows the reader to understand the dangers of the situation as it unfolds. He realizes that he will lose some fingers and toes, even if he is able to build a second fire. The man reaches into his pocket to get a piece of tree bark that will easily catch fire and help him start his fire. This helps to build the idea that the man believes nature is intended to serve him. He gets a permanent frostbite though. At first, he thinks it's nothing and that everything will be fine. He knew how important it was to keep the fire going.
The sight of the dog inspires a crazy idea. The one was the toil slave of the other, and the only caresses it had ever received were the caresses of the whip lash and of harsh and menacing throat sounds that threatened the whip lash. The man and the dog are traveling to a mining camp on Henderson Creek. Eventually, the man begins to accept death. He tried to drive away such depressing thoughts from his mind. Did we mention that it's really, really cold? He builds his second fire under a tree, but when he pulls twigs off the bottom of the tree, he causes snow to fall off the branches and put out his fire. A companion on the trail could make all the difference at that moment: he could have built the fire.
And when the ice breaks, man gets wet. He takes off his gloves to get his food and his hands get real cold real quick. The one was the toil slave of the other, and the only caresses it had ever received were the caresses of the whip lash and of harsh and menacing throat sounds that threatened the whip lash. He felt he could make it to the camp by continuing his run. The day was receding and the twilight had descended.