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Jack London

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White Fang | Part 5, Chapter 22 : The Tame (The Southland) | Summary



The steamboat docks in San Francisco, a busy, bustling city. White Fang grew up in the wild and was domesticated on the frontier, so he has never seen a busy city street. The sights overwhelm and terrify him. He only feels calm when Weedon is beside him. When trapped in the luggage compartment of the car, for example, White Fang doesn't struggle to free himself. He feels safe when surrounded by the scent of Weedon's bags, knowing he will be fine. At Weedon's family home, Weedon's parents are alarmed that their son has brought home a wolf. Immediately, they fear for their safety and that of their farm animals. Weedon assures them White Fang only needs to learn the ways of this new world and that no harm will come to them. The farm animals, particularly the other dogs, don't take kindly to White Fang's appearance. The sheepdog, Collie, mistrusts him simply because he's a wolf, and the family dog, Dick, wants to fight for territory. Weedon warns his family that if White Fang were to fight any dog, it would be to a bloody death.


For the first time, White Fang must rely on someone else for safety. He doesn't understand the strange new ways of the city or life on the farm, and he must trust Weedon to keep him safe. Rather than be the leader he was trained to be on the dogsled, White Fang learns to follow. Despite his trust, White Fang has nightmares about busy city life and is filled with terror. This emotional response suggests that without a strong bond of safety, the new environment would be too much for White Fang to bear. The only reason White Fang survives this new environment is Weedon's love.

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