Following at the man’s heels was a big native dog. It was a wolf dog, gray-coated and not noticeably different from its brother, the wild wolf. The animal was worried by the great cold. It knew that this was no time for traveling. Its own feeling was closer to the truth than the man’s judgment.
the wolfs judgement
And then it happened. At a place where there were no signs, the man broke through. It was not deep. He was wet to the knees before he got out of the water to the firm snow. He was angry and cursed his luck aloud. He had hoped to get into camp with the boys at six o’clock, and this would delay him an hour. Now he would have to build a fire and dry his moccasins and socks..
this is an example of foreshadowing. the man thinks nothing is going to happen, while the dog, who knows better, knows that it is not the time to be going anywhere. this stands as the warning that something is going to happen to the main character involving the extreme cold
this is an example of the ignorance and arrogance of the character. he had just fallen into the water in -102 weather and his first thought was that he was going to be late. this relates to the first part of his journey when he is unable to see the significance of the temperature
this is an example of personification showing the intelligence of the dog and in turn, showing the intelligence that nature has over humans and that the animals are much better equipped to survive in the wild compared to humans
the man remained silent. Later, the dog howled loudly. And still later it moved close to the man and caught the smell of death.This made the animal back away. A little longer it delayed, howlingunder the stars that leaped and danced and shone brightly in the coldsky. Then it turned and ran along the trail toward the camp