There was nothing to be done except what could be done. The rest was out of their hand, beyond.
-Local residents' views of snowstorms: hardship; purity; uncertainty
-snow: Hatsue; cedar: Ishmael
B). Winter=purity(p.8); Untouched and flawless (p.254), but the noise of living thing was not as muted as halted
C). Winter=Uncertainty, unknown, something beyond their control (p.255)