Unformatted text preview: Returning to the narrative, we realize anew that John Thornton is now in possession of sixteen hundred dollars. Thus, he and Pete and Hans are able to pay off their debts, which they do, and then the three of them take off in search of a fabled lost gold mine, a mine which many have heard of, and many have searched for, but most have died searching for it. Yet the legend of the lost mine persists: "Dying men had sworn to it . . . clinching their testimony with nuggets that were unlike any known grade of gold in the Northland." Even though the lost mine might be fictitious, or nonexistent, yet John Thornton and Buck are delighted to start out on a journey through "infinite wandering in strange places." The search for the lost gold mine is a traditional search which fills many adventure novels of Western literature; likewise, the search for the fabled Fountain of Youth, as well as the search for the Holy Grail, are other quests...
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- Fall '11
- The Call of the Wild, John Thornton, treasure up. Buck, man concerns Buck, fabled lost gold, legendary gold nuggets, old hunting lodge