Please help me on this “Call of the Wild” question?

I’ve answered every single question besides this one. I’m confident in most of my answers. But I can’t seem to answer this one

“London includes a quote about John Thornton as he is observing Hal attempt to motivate the exhausted dogs
“It was idle, he knew, to get between a fool and his folly”.
If the word “idle” is defined as “of no real worth, importance, or significance”, what does this statement mean with regard to Hal?
Who is the fool? What is Hal’s folly? Why would John Thornton think it of no real worth or useless to intervene?”

I can’t find anything in the book
Thanks a lot!

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