In the first paragraph of Jack London's "To Build a Fire" what 3 words or phrases are being repeated?

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  • The exposition of this story repeats this phrase about the weather: The day has begun "cold and grey"--extremely so, in fact.
  • The word sun is repeated, as well. There is "no sun or hunt of sun"; however, the man is used to this "lack of sun." In fact, it has been days since there has been sun, and more days will come before the sun will come out.

This repetition of the description of the weather in London's "To Build a Fire" impresses the reader with the imagery of the artic climate, a climate in a brutal enviornment in which the unnamed man finds himself too inexperienced. Clearly, these opening words and phrases foreshadow the developing action of the plot of this Naturalistic narrative in which the man, whom London, as narrator, describes as lacking imaginiation is "suprised...at the cold."

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