To Build A Fire
A lesson to be learned from "To Build A Fire" is to always listen and take advice from those of more experience who speak the truth. The man encountered an old timer who warned him not to travel alone in below zero temperatures without a partner but the man was ignorant and didn't consider his warning. "Perhaps the old timer on Sulphur Creek was right. If he had only had a trailmate he would have been in no danger now." Looking back, the then stubborn man was regretting his solo choice. Although the man traveled with a dog, the four legged animal could not of built a fire which was what the man needed. "That man from Sulphur Creek had spoken the truth when telling how cold it sometimes got in the country." Without help building a successful fire, the man was struggling with the already warned about weather. If only he listened he would have had a better chance of surviving and not to mention him almost killing his dog. "The sight of the dog put a wild idea into his head...he would kill the dog and bury his hands in the warm body until the numbness went out of them." In the end, taking advice in a difficult situation can be the difference between life or death.