Buck's gigantic size makes him a special prize for the dognappers. While Manuel receives only $50 for his part of the transaction, Buck will later bring a price of $300, and later on, he will bring even larger sums. In Chapter 6, for instance, $1200 will be offered as a buying price for Buck.At present, Buck is a trusting dog, and he has no idea what fate holds for him; therefore, he has no inkling of Manuel's treachery: "he had learned to trust in men he knew, and to give them credit for a wisdom that outreached his own." But now that Buck is tied by the throat by strangers and is treated violently, he becomes enraged, and in his "unbridled anger," he closes his jaws on the hand of the man who is holding him, and Buck does not let go until he is tied around the throat so tightly that his senses are choked out of him and he collapses.
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