5. As the man starts to remove his frozen moccasins to dry them by the fire, disaster strikes: It was his own fault. High up in the tree one bough capsized its load of snow causing a domino effect as several branches dump their loads of snow onto the fledgling fire below. The fire was blotted out! The man was shocked. It was as though he had just heard his own sentence of death. (Excerpt from ‘‘To Build a Fire’’) The man thinks of killing the dog and thawing his hands in its carcass, but when he approaches the dog, it instinctively recoils at the fear in his voice and backs away. When the man at last catches the dog, he is unable to kill it; his hands have grown so numb that they are useless. 6. Once the man fully realizes that he will die, he panics. He runs frantically, hoping to regain the feeling in his feet and to reach camp. Then he drops in exhaustion. The dog remains with him throughout his panic, and the man feels jealous anger at the animal’s warm and healthy condition. Finally the man accepts his fate, letting the warmth and sleepiness of death-by freezing overtake him.