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The drivers expect a long recuperation period

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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. 
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