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Unformatted text preview: The drivers expect a long recuperation period, but because of the droves of people who have arrived in the great North, the mail is arriving at a rapid pace, necessitating constant mail runs. Worthless or tired and weak dogs, London tells us, are "gotten rid of." Thus, before the team is fully rested, two men from the States buy them — "harness and all, for a song" — meaning that they were bought very cheaply. The two men are Hal and Charles. Charles, the older, is middle-aged with watery eyes and a fiercely uptwisted light mustache. Hal is younger, probably nineteen or twenty, and he carries a gun and a hunting knife — a detail which London includes to emphasize Hal's callousness and his potential evil. The two men are accompanied by Mercedes, who is Charles's wife and Hal's sister. London never tells the reader exactly why these people have come to the great North; instead, they...
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1001 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
- Fall '11