Why wouldn’t the third man put his piece of log in the dying fire?

QuestionsWhy wouldn’t the third man put his piece of log in the dying fire?
amit asked 1 year ago

In Jame Patrick Kinney’s poem ‘The Cold Within’ why did the third man not share his log to keep the fire burning?

Or, Why does the third one give his coat a hitch?

1 Answers
Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 1 year ago

The third man was a poor man. It was evident in his tattered (old and torn) clothes. ‘He gave his coat a hitch’ indicates that his short coat was not adequate to keep him warm in the cold weather. He found that another man in the group was a rich person. Being a poor, he was prejudiced against the rich and thought him to be idle. That is why hee decided not to spend his log ‘to warm the idle rich’. So, it was all about the clash of social class that made him stay away from sharing his piece of log.

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