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?
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.
The poor did not thrust the log of wood into the fire because he was envious of the rich. Not only did he perceive the rich as idle but also was guided by animosity against him.
He gave his coat a hitch in order to save himself from bleak and bitter cold.