Audio Ebook Narration. A short snippet of Jack London's Short Story 'To Build a Fire.' A desperate and dramatic tale.
Middle Aged (35-54)
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the site of the dog. Put a wild idea into his head. He remembered the tale of the man caught in a blizzard who killed a steer and crawled inside the carcass, and so was saved. He would kill the dog and bury his hands in the warm body until the numbness went out of them. Then he could build another fire. He spoke to the dog, calling it to him. But in his voice was a strange note of fear that frightened the animal, who had never known the man to speak in such a way before. Something was the matter, and it's suspicious nature sensed danger. It knew not what danger, but somewhere, somehow in its brain arose an apprehension of the man. It flattened its ears down at the sound of the man's voice and its restless hunching movements and the lift ing's and shifting of its four ft became more pronounced, but it would not come to the man. He got on his hands and knees and crawled toward the dog. This unusual posture again excited suspicion, and the animal sidled menacingly away. The man set up now for a moment and struggled for calmness. Then he pulled on his mittens by means of his teeth and got up on his feet. He glanced down at the first, in order to assure himself that he was really standing up for the absence of sensation in his feet left him unrelated to the earth. His erect position in itself started to drive the webs of suspicion from the dog's mind, and when he spoke peremptorily with the sound of whiplash is in his voice, the dog rendered its customary allegiance and came to him.