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Unformatted text preview: Buck is now ready to complete his transformation from his previous civilized life to the ways of the wilderness. Whereas he was previously a devoted "friend" to John Thornton, he is now a wild creature who has learned to live by his own cunning and intelligence. Whereas earlier, he could kill any time he wanted to, he does not kill from "wantonness," cruelty, nor simply for the wild pleasure of it; he kills only when he needs food for his own preservation. Earlier, even when he was not hungry, he would practice those skills that he had already mastered — that is, he would trap various types of animals, simply for the thrill of trapping them, and then he would let them escape from him. Once, seeing a band of twenty moose, Buck chooses one exceptionally large buck, and "guided by that instinct which came from the old hunting days of the primordial world," Buck decides to stalk him,...
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- Fall '11