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Unformatted text preview: At this point, London shifts his point of view from Buck to the character of John Thornton, and we discover that during their dual recuperation, Thornton develops a great admiration for Buck. One day, therefore, after Hans and Pete's arrival, Thornton and his friends are sitting on the edge of a chasm, into which Thornton suddenly orders Buck to jump. Evidently, Thornton does this in order to demonstrate to Hans and Pete that Buck is totally devoted to him. In London's words, "The next instant he [Thorton] was grappling with Buck on the extreme edge." Later on, in Circle City, Buck has yet another opportunity to demonstrate his devotion to John Thornton. An evil-tempered and malicious man named "Black" Burton is bullying a young "tenderfoot" in a bar (a tenderfoot is an inexperienced person in the frontier). When John Thornton tries to prevent a nasty fight, Burton strikes Thornton solidly and sends him sprawling. Immediately, Buck attacks the man, and even though Burton is able to protect himself from two different lunges by...
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