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01. The house was far away from the road, hidden by trees. The path to the house ran through large trees and grassy areas.
02. On winter nights, he would lie at the Judge's feet beside a warm fire. He also carried the Judge's grandsons on his back, guarding their every footstep.
03. Buck had accepted Manuel's rope around his neck, but when the stranger grabbed hold of it, he started to growl. To his surprise, the rope tightened around his neck, shutting off his breath. In quick anger, Buck jumped at the man. But the man closed his hands around Buck's neck and threw him over on his back. Then the rope tightened again, and Buck, in his anger, could hardly breathe. He had never been so badly treated, not had he ever been so angry. Although he struggled against the man, he soon lost his strength and did not remember being thrown into the luggage car of the train.
04. He opened his eyes and looked about with great anger, like a king who has been kidnapped. The man beside him tried to grab the rope around his throat again, but Buck was too fast. He bit the man on the hand and he did not let go until he had his senses choked out of him again.
05. "Yes, this one has fits of anger at times," the man said, hiding his bloody hand away from a train clerk who had arrived to see about the sounds of fighting in the car.
06. His voice was choking with rage.
07. Despair choked her words.
08. "I can't bear it," he said in a choked voice.
09. He cracked his whip and the horse leapt forward.
10. He could not understand all that had happened to him.
11. Many times during the night he had jumped to his feet when he heard the door open, hoping that he would be greeted by Judge Miller and the boys. But each time it was the ugly face of the bar keeper. Each time the joyful bark that was in his throat turned into a wild growl.
12. He barked and growled at them through the bars of his cage. The four men only laughed and teased him with sticks, which he quickly bit with his teeth until he realized that this was what they wanted.
13. He did not mind being hungry, but the lack of water caused him terrible suffering and made his anger even stronger. On top of this, his earlier ill treatment had given him a fever, and his tongue and throat ached unbearably.
14. The two days of hunger and thirst had turned his eyes blood-red.
15. He ran wildly against the bars, trying to bite him.
16. Buck was truly a red-eyed devil as he made ready to leap out of the box toward the man.
17. Jumping quickly to his feet, he growled in anger and confusion. He had never been hit with a club before, and did not understand. With a bark that was also a scream, he jumped again at his attacker, and again he was sent on his back to the ground.
18. All his anger and hurt made him charge the man at least a dozen times, and each time he was beat and smashed to the ground.
19. After one very strong blow (that might have killed a lesser dog), Buck crawled to his feet. But he was too hurt to charge toward the man anymore. Blood flowed from his ears, nose, and mouth, spraying his beautiful fur. Then the man came toward him and gave him a frightful strike on the nose.
20. With a roar that sounded almost like a lion's, Buck again threw himself at the man. But the man, moving the club from his right to left hand, struck Buck under his jaw, sending him to the ground on his head and chest.
21. He lay motionless on the ground.
22. Buck's senses had returned to him, but he was too weak to move. He lay on the ground, watching the man in the red sweater.
23. As he spoke, he fearlessly patted Buck's head, the same head he had so badly smashed earlier. Buck's head shook from the man's touch, but there was little he could do but put up with it.
24. A fear of the future came over him, and he was glad each time he was not chosen.
25. "Three hundred, and that's a deal even at that price," was the man's quick reply. "
26. Even when the other dogs grew excited, Dave would only raise his head and yawn.
27. 'Spitz fought like a wolf,' said Perrault, as he looked at the bites all over Buck.
28. Buck's feet stepped on the cold deck and his feet sank into something like white mud. More of this white stuff was falling through the air. He shook himself, and licked some with his tongue. It bit like fire, and this puzzled Buck. He tried to bite the white stuff as it fell through the air, causing the men to laugh. He felt ashamed, but did not know why, for it was his first snow.
29. Buck's first day on Dyea beach was a nightmare. Every hour was filled with shock and surprise.
30. He slipped and tumbled down the stairs.
31. Spitz attacked Billie, who was too kind to fight back, bitinghis leg with his sharp teeth. When Spitz tried to do the same to Joe, Joe faced him and growled so terribly that Spitz had to give up.
32. But when Buck tried to enter it, both Francois and Perrault cursed him and threw things at him. He had no choice but to run back outside into the cold. He lay down in the snow and tried to sleep, but the cold soon drove him again to his feet. Wandering from tent to tent, he discovered that every place was just as cold.
33. But a friendly bark gave him courage and he approached again to find Billie curled up under the mow in a comfortable ball.
34. The muscles of his body tightened, the hair stood up on his neck, and with a wild growl he leaped straight up into the air, sending the snow flying in all directions.
35. Perrault nodded in agreement, happy to have chosen such a fine dog.
36. The first gray of dawn found them with many miles behind them. When darkness came again, they would camp again, eat their bits of fish, and dig their holes to sleep in the snow.
37. It's been unknowingly already another week.
38. It seemed that instincts that were long dead became alive again.
39. The weather was terrible, with freezing winds and driving snow.
40. Every dog was motionless, as if turned to stone.
41. Francois scratched his head again and looked questioningly at Perrault. Perrault only lifted his shoulders, as if to say they were beaten.
42. Francois did this, and Buck came running in, laughing in victory.
43. "I want to go home," whined Toby.
44. The dog whined and scratched at the door.
45. The other world disappeared and the real world would come to his eyes, and Buck would get up and stretch himself.
46. After two more efforts they stood still. When the whip whistled again, Mercedes again stepped forward. She dropped on her knees beside Buck, with tears in her eyes, and put her arms around his neck.
47. Then came the time when they had to give the dogs less food. Hal discovered one day that half of his food supply was gone, while only one quarter of the distance was covered.
48. By this time, all the dreams and beauty of the Northland had fallen away from these Southland people.
49. And then suddenly, without warning, John Thorton jumped upon Hal. Hal fell back, as if hit by a falling tree. Mercedes screamed, but Charles remained seated upon the pile of wood.
50. Mercedes' scream came to their ears.
51. And here, lying by the side of the river, listening lazily to the songs of birds and nature, Buck slowly got back his strength.
52. He had a way of taking Bucks head roughly between his hands, and resting his own head's upon Buck's, he would shake him back and forth while calling him bad names that Buck knew were love names. Buck knew no greater happiness than this, and at each shake back and forth it seemed that his heart would be shaken out of his body from too much joy. And when Thorton would let go, Buck would jump back, his mouth laughing, his throat full of cheerful growls, and Thorton would say, "God! You can all but speak."
53. He would lie hour by hour at Thorton's feet, looking up into his face, studying it, following each expression with the deepest interest.
54. He was afraid that Thorton would pass out of his life as Perrault and Francois and the Scotsman had done. At such times he would awake in his sleep and stand by the entrance to the tent, listening to the sound of his master's breathing.
55. Buck, on the bank, worried and nervous, never took his eyes off his master.
56. He could feel the warm blood rushing to his face.
57. He caught the eye of Jim O'Brien, an old friend, and it gave him the courage to do what he would never have dreamed of doing.
58. The more he thought, the more impossible it seemed.
59. He took his head in his two hands and rested his cheek, against Bucks.
60. Buck made a soft growl to show he was ready.
61. As Thorton got to his feet, Buck took his hand in his mouth, pressing gently with his teeth.
62. But Thorton fell to his knees beside Buck. Head was against head, and he was shaking him back and forth.
63. John Thorton was eating dinner when Buck ran into camp and jumped upon him, full of love, knocking him over from his chair, licking his face and biting his hand. Thorton responded by shaking him back and forth and calling him names lovingly.
64. Buck grinned up at him, eagerly wagging her tail.
65. Buck raised her head and sniffed the air.
66. Thorton bent down to stroke her glossy head.
67. Buck gazed up at him, wagging her tail. She was impatient to get started.
68. He kept sniffing, her sharp nose seeking the faintest smell of a living body.