After his dream of the hairy man, Buck becomes ever more entranced by the call of the wild. It becomes, finally, almost irresistible. Sometimes, according to London, Buck springs up from sleeping with a start, and from the forest, he hears a long-drawn howl, " . . . unlike any noise made by a husky dog." One time, he even follows the sound and comes upon an open place in a grove where he sees a lean timber wolf howling at the sky. Buck is much larger than this wolf, and so he chases the wolf into "one blind channel" after another, but he does so only to let the wolf know that he intends it no harm. Afterward, running through the woods with the wolf, Buck knows at last that he is answering "the call," running side-by-side with his "wood brother." It is almost as if he feels that he has done the same thing before — but in another world — "now only a dim memory." In the midst of his re-introduction and re-immersion into the wilderness, however, Buck suddenly
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