Why does Buck like lying by the fire in Chapter 4?

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To me, Buck likes to lie by the fire in this chapter because it is "reminding" him of what dogs used to be like when they were wild creatures first being domesticated by man.

Now that Buck is the lead dog, he is starting to hear the call of the wild -- he is starting to want to be wild and independent just like his ancestors were.

So when he lies by the fire, sometimes he thinks about the old times in California, but a lot of what he is doing is having these visions or memories or whatever of the days when dogs were wild animals living with wild men.

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