The conflict here was about the wrong and game ending move made here. Mr. White saw a fatal mistake after it was too late and he was trying to prevent his son from noticing it, "check.... mate" said the son. It was too late.
Mr. White took the paw from his pocket and eyed it dubiously. "I don't know what to wish for" he said,"It seems to me I've got all I want."
"That's the worst of living so far out," said Mr. White,"of all the beastly, slushy, out of the way places to live in, this is the worst! Pathway's a bog, and the road's a torrent. I don't know what people are thinking about. I suppose because only two houses on the road are let, they think it doesn't matter."