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Several times in the story "To Build a Fire," the man recalls the old timer...

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jbaby | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 28, 2008 at 2:42 AM via web

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Several times in the story "To Build a Fire," the man recalls the old timer from sulfur creek. What key advice did the old-timer give him?

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jeff-hauge | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted May 28, 2008 at 3:02 AM (Answer #1)

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The old timer from Sulfur Creek warned him not to travel outside alone when the temperature is below a certain point. The man's arrogance takes over and he feels the advice is "womanish". His pride goes to far as he bets his survival on his ability to survive the vicious cold. His mistake was first in believing himself superior to power of a cold and indifferent universe. It is only when he faces certain death that he relents. He then changes his perception of the old timer.

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