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Old 02-13-2017, 11:44 PM
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Gruesome scene I read as a child

It was either a book or a short story; Iím not sure which. I was about twelve years old when I read it, so about 1975ish. It was about an explorer, or perhaps a prospector, who is isolated in a frigid arctic-type environment with a dog. He is near death and his hands are almost frostbitten. So he kills his dog, slices open the dogís belly, and inserts his hands deep into the dogís innards to warm them up and prevent them from becoming completely frostbitten. Since to the best of my memory Iíve never read Call of the Wild, I thought maybe it was that, but I looked it up and thereís no mention anywhere of such a scene. Anybody know what Iím talking about?
Old 02-13-2017, 11:51 PM
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In London's To Build a Fire, the man tries to kill the dog but is unable to. Otherwise, it is pretty similar.
Old 02-13-2017, 11:53 PM
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Sounds like To Build a Fire by Jack London
Old 02-13-2017, 11:53 PM
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In London's short story To Build a Fire a man tries to do that, but the dog eludes him.
Old 02-13-2017, 11:59 PM
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It must have been Rio, by Duran Duran.
Old 02-14-2017, 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Jack London
The sight of the dog put a wild idea into his head. He remembered the story of the man, caught in a storm, who killed an animal and sheltered himself inside the dead body and thus was saved. He would kill the dog and bury his hands in the warm body until feeling returned to them. Then he could build another fire.
Not even close to the way I remember it (the way I recall it, he actually carried out the deed) but thatís gotta be it. Thanks.
Old 02-14-2017, 08:15 PM
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Are you sure it wasn't The Empire Strikes Back? :-)
Old 02-14-2017, 09:48 PM
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ISTR that he describes the intention so well vividly that it imprints on the brain. yes, I forgot the dog survived too - until I saw the film.


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