To Build a Fire  
Jack London

There are many lessons that may be learned in this story. One lesson that I learned is to always build your fire in an open area. " High up in the tree one bough capsized its load of snow. This fell on the boughs beneath, capsizing them. This process continued, spreading out and involving the whole tree. It grew like an avalanche, and it descended without warning upon the man and the fire, and the fire was blotted out". A second challenge that the man faces is when he chews tobacco.  " Also the man was chewing tobacco, and the muzzle of ice held his lips so rigidly that he was unable to clear his chin when he expelled the juice. The result was that a crystal beard of the color and solidity of amber was increasing its length on his chin". A lesson that may be learned, is especially when you are in a place that gets to seventy below, you probably should not chew tobacco at all. Lastly, a lesson that could be learned is to keep your skin covered when it is this cold. " The action consumed no more than a quarter of a minute, yet in that brief moment the numbness laid hold of the exposed fingers". So, in fifteen seconds the man's fingers were left with no feeling. Also, when this happened the man was trying to eat his lunch, so now he's left hungry and numb.

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