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" He was a newcomer in the land, a chechaquo, and this was his first winter."
"The trouble with him was that he was without imagination. He was quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in the significances."
"At the man's heels trotted a dog, a big native husky, the proper wolf-dog, gray-coated and without any visible or temperamental difference from its brother, the wild wolf."
"But the brute had its instinct."
These support London's views of the frailty of the man and the man's lack of imagination. He lacks the ability to understand nature's power, her moods and her punishments. The dog has instinct, a built in awareness and respect for nature.