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To Build a Fire

To Build a Fire

by Jack London

Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

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(5) Tree Line

For the most part, London's language is straightforward and easy to understand. But he does throw in a pretty long sentence every now and then. For example, the opening sentence of the story is thirty-nine words, and it might make you think the whole story is going to be a rough slog. But once you get used to its rhythm, the story unfolds fairly comfortably…

… for you, that is. Not for the main character.

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