Later, when Mercedes refuses to cast away as much of her possessions as the onlookers advocated, Charles and Hal decide to buy six extra dogs, now making a total of fourteen dogs pulling the sled. The extra dogs, of course, require more food proportionately, and this factor increases the load which the dogs must pull. As the days go by, London says, it becomes apparent, even to Buck, that "they were slack in all things, without order or discipline."For example, it takes them an unduly long time to pitch the camp at nighttime, and the morning is always well underway before they are able to break camp. This delay not only is cutting into the distance which they need to cover each day, but it is also eating into the food supply that is supposed to last them throughout the trip. Added to these difficulties is the fact that Mercedes steals extra food
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