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Unformatted text preview: When he returns to the remnants of the bear two days later, he discovers a dozen wolverines at the spoil. The wolverines scatter at Buck's arrival, except for two bold ones, which he kills. After this, Buck's "blood longing becomes stronger . . . . He was a killer, a thing that preyed . . . surviving triumphantly in a hostile environment where only the strong survived." Because of Buck's Saint Bernard father, he had inherited a size and a weight far greater than that of the wolf, and from Buck's shepherd mother, he had inherited an intelligence and a cunning which became a "wolf cunning." Buck is almost transformed into a wild animal in the peak of condition — strong, powerful, cunning, vigorous, and alert. As John Thornton says, "Never was there such a dog." 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 wilderness....
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- Fall '11
- Buck, exceptionally large buck