Introduction

And Buck really was crazy now. He had fire in his eyes, and he wanted 10 kill ... In the end, Buck couldn't stand up. He couldn't see or hear. He was almost dead. In this way, Buck's new life in the cold north of Canada begins. He has to learn many new things, and the lessons are hard. But Buck is a strong, intelligent dog and he wants to live. Buck meets dangerous men-and dogs-in this difficult, snowy country. He changes because he has to change. But can he really be happy there? The life of Jack London (1876-1916) was as interesting as his books. His family didn't have any money, and he wasn't happy with life in Pennsylvania. His great love, when he was a child, was reading. London left school when he was fifteen years old and he visited other places in the United States. He had many different jobs, but he never had much money. In 1896, he heard about the gold in northwest Canada. He went there because he wanted a new life, and he wanted to find gold. He met many interesting people and animals. He left the Yukon three years later without any gold, but with the idea for a good story. This was The Call <if the Wild. Two of his other books about the cold north are White Fang and The Son of the Wolf. London was very famous, and he made a lot of money from his books. But he always had money problems, and he drank. He died at the age of forty. People around the world love his stories about the lives of the people and animals of the north.

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Chapter 1

To the North

Buck was a strong dog with a thick coat. He lived in a big house, Mr. Miller's place, in sunny California. There were tall trees around the house, and there was a pool, too. Buck was four years old, and the Millers were his family. He swam with the boys and walked with the women. He carried the babies on his back, and at night Buck sat at Mr. Miller's feet. There were other dogs at Mr. Miller's house, but Buck was the most important. He was the boss there, and he was very happy. That year, 1897, was an exciting year. Some men found gold in the cold Arctic north of Canada, and a lot of people followed them there. Everybody wanted gold. And they wanted dogsstrong dogs with thick coats. The. dogs had to pull the gold through the snow to towns and rivers. But Buck didn't know about the cold north, or gold-and he didn't know about Manuel.


Manuel worked for Mr. Miller, but he always wanted more money. "I can sell Buck," he thoMght."He's strong. Somebody will pay a lot of money for him." One day, Mr. Miller was at work and the children were busy. Manuel put a rope around Buck's neck and left the house quietly. He met a man at a train station, and the man gave him money for the dog. Buck didn't like this new man, and he started to bark. So the man pulled the rope around his neck very hard. This hurt Buck, and it made him angrier. He tried to fight the man, but the man pulled the rope again. The pain was very bad. Buck fell to the ground and his eyes closed.

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Buck jumped crazy dog . The pain was very bad." he said.mcisco. the rope 111. But the man suddenly hit him very hard with the club. Buck's neck hurt very badly. you 3 . After a long time. He wanted to kill somebody. He couldn't see or hear. Miller's feet. crazy dog. He jumped . Buck slowly woke up and looked at the man with the red shirt. He had fire in his eyes.. and pulled tile rope. Buck fell to the ground. He started to open the box carefully. Four men carried the box to a house and gave it to a man in a red shirt." he said quietly. the man left Buck. four other men arrived and put Buck in a car. He hated his box.. and barked.111 . He was in the box in the car for two days and two nights without food or water. and he hated lip . This man had a club in his hand. in his box. "Crazy animal!" he said. "we had up and barked.u ul thirsty. "So your name's Buck.. and he looked at Buck. Then the man put him ill .md tried to attack the man. and he hated the. at a bar.He opened his eyes whe-n train! And there was that Buck was very hungrv around his neck. hut they only laughed. He was almost dead. He jumped at the man: one hundred and forty pounds of angry. and again Buck fell to the ground. I'll get you out of that box now. In the end. He was on a 'i!-'. and twelve times the man hit him.1 box. The man read from a paper on Buck's box. When they arrived in Sail lr. "That will teach him!" shouted one of the men. men. Buck couldn't stand up. At night Buck sat at Mr. He barked angrily at them. But the man was quick. Buck.1 loud noise woke him. they arrived in Seattle. And Buck really was crazy now. Twelve times he attacked. Then he attacked again. "OK. "Now. " the man said. Again the man hit him.Iill. The next morning. my boy. and he wanted to kill.

" said Francois. Then they arrived in Alaska. so she jumped at this strange. I kill bad dogs. another Canadian. in this cold place. Curly. Francois shouted. He learned the lesson of the club. so she barked quietly. and wasn't interested only wanted to eat and sleep. The other dogs ran at her. But she couldn't stand up and the other dogs attacked her again and again. Buck never forgot this attack. dog. A new dog walked past them. came quickly. and Spitz laughed. and we'll be friends.a little tIght and now we can forget about it. Suddenly. cold country were a lot of dangerous men and dogs everywhere. There new and strange for you. "Wow! He's a big. Here. How much do you' want for him?" "Three hundred dollars." Buck didn't like this new thing around his neck. Spitz took Buck's food. "Mush!" and Buck had to run quickly. easy life. Do Buck some food and water. unfriendly away quickly. He looked at Spitz. Buck Frenchand they never saw the man in the red shirt or the warm South again. Ik . Francois put a harness on him." Perrault thought. Dogs in California never fought in this way. the other dog turned around and attacked her. He and Dave. Many other dogs saw the attack and ran quickly to the two dogs.' answered the man in the red shirt. in one of the camps. all looked excited and interested. the two dogs met Francois. But you have to wear it. strong dog. Buck ate and drank undcrst. "I know you don't like this. Buck and Curly also met two other dogs. It all happened very fast.1 good dog. Buck walked on snow for the first time in his life. And Spitz attacked him when he didn't run Buck's first day in this new. Buck's first new lesson. Buck had to be careful and he had to learn quickly. They boss. 4 very fast. Curly wanted to be friendly. Buck. They were wild. anything in life. and Curly barked with pain. the weather got colder. But then Buck had another surprise. Then you can pull the sledge. understood He and Perrault were kind and intelligent. Then Francois jumped into the center of the crazy dogs and hit them with his club. • One day. and Buck didn't understand. But Francois hit him when he did wrong. and they followed the law of the club. and he never forgot it. and Francois took the dogs off the boat. On the boat." He bought Buck and another dog.md?" I lc brought quickly. Spitz in anything. He hurt her face very badly. but in those two minutes Curly was dead. He and three other men with clubs quickly moved the dogs away. a small French-Canadian man came and looked at Buck. Day after day. They stood and watched quietly. there was no rest. Buck couldn't move. But the dog attacked her again and jumped Curly couldn't attack the other dog because he was very fast. Dave was sad and unfriendly. "I know it's Chapter 2 The Laws of the Wild was very bad. You know that I'm till' y()U These dogs and men weren't from the South. His name was Perrault. This wasn't a sunny. From that time. Suddenly. 5 . he pushed Curly over and she fell on the ground. Spitz looked at Buck and he laughed again. Curly was very angry. Buck and Curly stood near a store. and he didn't like pulling something the sledge. and he took the two dogs to a boat. "He's strong and his coat is thick and warm. Buck hated Spitz more than dogs. "This is a wonderful dog for the cold North. He learned a lesson that day. so Buck didn't like him.

He quickly made a little bed under the snow. The days were very long and hard. but Joe was unfriendly.He then shouted." In the afternoon. Billie was a very friendly dog. but Buck worked Buck learned to pull the sledge. Joe. Buck was ready. Sol-leks was the same-he wasn't interested in anybody or anything. and Sol-leks. but he couldn't see them anywhere! Suddenly. Buck had another new problem. the snow moved under his feet and he jumped back. Buck looked down and saw Billie. and he was surprised by the excitement of the dogs. but then he heard a friendly bark. 7 . Billie was a little ball under the snow and he was happy and warm. They were different dogs. Buck learned to pull the sledge. "Buck pulls very hard and he learns very quickly. "Hot" and Buck had to stop. But he was most surprised by Sol-leks and Dave. He started to bark angrily. He wanted to sleep in a warm. Perrault and Francois bought three more dogs. And at the end of every day he made his bed in the snow and fell asleep very quickly. Now they had nine dogs and they had to begin their trip. He was very unhappy. so he tried to sleep with the men. icy rivers. That night. Perrault bought three more dogs-Billie." Francois said to Perrault. and interested. he didn't want to sleep outside. They only loved two things-the harness and the work. and he slept very well. excited. In this way. "These are very good dogs. The snow was wet and cold. Buck ran away from them. and they threw plates and cups at him. suddenly they were happy. They went past woods and across many large. and the wind hurt him. In the morning. He looked for the other dogs. and went back into the cold. But Perrault and Francois were surprised and angry. hard. It was difficult. Then Buck understood. dry place.

Everybody heard the noise of Perrault's club and the cry of a food. Buck quickly learned the ways of the wild. Buck barked at him. that bad dog!" But the fight never finished. He looked at Buck and laughed. and they wanted two men hit the dogs with their clubs. And then he started to take other dogs' fish. "Get him. and they all looked for a quiet place to sleep. The other dog was in Buck's bed. Francois gave him a pound and a half of fish every night. They hurt them very badly. Buck! You can win!" shouted Francois. over the icy river. The dogs were in a lot of pain. Pike. and stronger. maybe you're crazy now. The next day. 8 . another dog. They took out Joe's eye and almost cut off Billie's ear. Perrault didn't see him. took some fish from the food box. come eat your fish!" He didn't want to leave his warm bed. wild animal in Buck was strong. Billie cried in pain and ran away. On the cold. Buck didn't eat as quickly as the other dogs. Buck was very tired and he quickly made a warm bed in the snow. This new. He never fought with the other dogs. Buck did the same thing. too. And the other dogs were afraid of him. "Oh. in the North. Spitz was very surprised Buck was never angry. the dogs walked slowly back to the camp. and one morning. was also surprised when the two dogs because started "Fight him. He wanted to fight with Buck because every day Buck got stronger and more dangerous. They hurt Dolly's neck and cut Dub's leg.Buck was bigger than the other dogs and he was always hungry. unfriendly place. In the morning. and they went crazy. He knew the sledge best. The other sledge dogs followed Billie. so he had to kill Buck. but Buck watched carefully. The camp was suddenly full of strange. and they looked very bad. get Spitz. One cold. He wasn't happy when Francois shouted. but Buck's new life was very dangerous. and the wild animal inside him went crazy. Francois fighting. They found the food box. smarter. but Spitz hated him. they stopped next to a river. because Perrault shouted. but he was very hungry." said Francois sadly. and He always taught the new dogs to work hard. Because those dogs attacked you. but Buck always wanted more food. "Maybe you'll go crazy. After many days. in front of her harness and sat down. He quickly jumped at Spitz. thin dogs. he saw Spitz. quiet nights. She stopped howled loudly. "Buck. windy evening. What do you think. Buck looked up and howled at the dark sky. the most intelligent the most dangerous. Buck started to eat as fast as the others. And men wanted gold. He wasn't the same dog-he was quicker. crazy. Perrault?" "No! They'll be fine. One day. The dog. But when he turned around. so they often took his fish away from him. my friends. He was the strongest. Also. because Manuel wanted money. Now a new life began for Buck. He was a different dog-a wilder dog. The strange dogs finished the food and then attacked the Chapter 3 A Bad Fight sledge dogs. "We have many days of work so the dogs have to be all right!" But the dogs weren't all right. There were eighty or a hundred of them." said Perrault. Then she looked at Buck and jumped 9 Dolly went She at him. But Spitz had to be the best. Spitz was the most important dog. He was there. And now he could live in this cold. The noise was very loud and the sledge dogs were afraid. So he ran to the food box and quickly ate his dinner. but the dogs didn't leave.

and he found his . "J'll have to help Buck. "I always watch him. Come to me!" shouted Francois. Every day the dogs ran up and down the streets and pulled wood and gold for the men. "He really is a crazy dog. "These will help you. They had to get the thick ice off their coats. Buck turned and ran back to the camp." Perrault laughed. He was very tired now and had a lot of pain in his legs. at twelve and at three the dogs howled at the night sky. He quickly ran away from behind him. He'll kill him easily. Francois put Buck's boots on. Then he pulled the dogs out of the river. and everybody was very tired. Spitz went through the ice and pulled the other dogs in too. because this trip was too slow. club. Perrault wasn't happy. "Buck. They were almost dead when the two men pulled them out. In sunny California. but she was only one jump then pulled the sledge onto the rock. they had to get back down to the river. But Francois saw this and he hit Spitz with his club. Dolly barked crazily behind him. He ran through Dolly. so he cut off the tops of his boots. They did the same work as horses." • So on the good days." Francois said kindly. many times. they arrived in Dawson. They only went a half of a kilometer that day. Francois climbed up after him. The men made a fire." Francois. There were men and dogs and sledges everywhere. He took the rope from the dogs' harnesses with him. many. hard ice and snow. Perrault and Francois found Buck and they laughed. He harnessed the other dogs and then called Buck. Buck and Dave fell into the icy water. he couldn't get up and eat his fish. One day he's going to kill him!" "But Buck's more dangerous. Francois looked at Buck's tired feet." said Perrault. The ice got very thin in some places and the sledge broke through it many times. come here. Buck ran past him and Francois's club came down very hard Buck stopped and fell near the sledge. One morning. And every night. With the dogs' help. when the ice broke. He made Buck four little dogboots. The dogs worked very hard. After many more days on the river. So they walked to the end of the rock and. One time. "He answered really hates Buck. the dogs had to work long hours. Everybody was very cold and very tired. But Buck's feet weren't as hard as the other dogs' feet. Francois forgot about Buck's boots. Spitz saw Buck and quickly attacked him. The dogs couldn't fight-there was no time. One day he'll get very angry and he'll eat Spitz for dinner. and the dogs had to run around it very quickly. Another time." thought on Dolly's head. So now he walked with a lot of pain.Buck was afraid! He didn't know any crazy dogs. I know it. One night. and I know. It was a gray day. Then the dog happily got up and walked to his harness. "Spitz is a dangerous dog." Buck loved his new little boots and he was happier after that . Buck. But Buck didn't go to his harness and he didn't get up. He wanted to help him. across some ice and back to the river. slowly and carefully. boy. Then the ice broke behind the sledge. And he liked Dolly-he didn't want to see this. Perrault 10 . Francois. the trees. he never had to walk on cold. Buck was on his back with his four feet up. but she couldn't catch him. Perrault had to climb up a high rock next to the river very quickly. But they couldn't stay up on the rock. Francois and Perrault took 'the dogs back down. 11 • The weather got warmer and the trip got very difficult. and onto the rock. "Here.

He was very excited. The animal jumped up and ran away very quickly. they left Dawson. Buck was in front of the other dogs. He ran at the white dog. Francois got very angry at his dogs. and Spitz's big teeth killed it quickly. He ran and ran. and he always fought him in front of the other dogs. And when Buck howled. a dog found a small animal. and Buck loved to sing with them. After some minutes. But Buck didn't bark and he didn't stop. Now Buck was stronger and more dangerous than Spitz. and the fighting quickly began again. One night. The dogs were strong now. Buck was in a lot 13 The dogs howled at the n(qht sky. The other dogs howled and barked. They stopped liking Spitz. he howled with the pain of his wild fathers . after dinner. Spitz quietly left the dogs and ran a different way. But nothing helped. and he attacked Buck again and again. It couldn't turn around. and he hit them again and again. It was a very old song-a song from a younger world. "You stupid dogs!" he shouted. He wanted to catch the animal and kill it. So the dogs began to work badly and they didn't pull the sledge well. and the other dogs could see this.They sang their strange song. They weren't afraid of him and they didn't listen to him. . and Buck and Spitz began their last. Spitz fought very well. But the animal was always one jump in front. Buck had small fights with Spitz every day. Buck didn't see him. dangerous fight. The dogs didn't stop fighting. The sledge dogs saw it and they quickly ran after it. Suddenly Spitz jumped out in front of the animal. Buck was very happy. • Seven days later. Buck tried to push him onto the ground. but Spitz always Jumped away very quickly. Other dogs began to fight with Spitz. too.

111.." Perrault put the bags onto the sledge and didn't see him and brought at Sol-leks Fr~11l\'(IIS 1'"1 the dogs into their harnesses. Blick tired. With a quick jump. Buck dOWl1 IHI\\' dogs quickly dog. will find Spitz . . Perrault hard. Buck jumped fell. But he felt good.u 1"I' I III' ill 111'1 I III' 1\\11 . The other watched. at Buck's cuts and said. but Spitz harder. Buck walked to Spitz's har m-ss . but he moved. and the other jumped dogs watched him carefully. His teeth closed around Spiu\ \\. and Sol-leks h. but Spitz was fine. He was very tired. "Ha!" Francois didn't move. They waited and watched.1 up and hit Spitz hard. Sol- Buck jumped up and hit Spitz Izard. II Spitz was now ina lot of pain.' go faster. \ 'I \ '1'111'11 111111 Iq'. "Look Francois pulled at Buck! He killed Spitz. because lit' was the most important Chapter 4 The New Boss "")'. But Francois 1110veaway.uul he shouted..of pain. what did I say? I was right. Without there I know I'm right. at Spitz again. He could see and feel dogs.un l waited. Buck jumped angrily. Buck!" Buck Sol-leks in Spitz's harness. I()II)'. Buck barked angrily.. Francois.11101 .id III now he wants his job! Go away." "And sledge Then problems. will looked Buck He couldn't and Buck had many cuts on him.k and plll Sol-leks 10 III<' same place. They wanted one of' sat dogs to fall.. He had many cuts. "Yes. Buck is a very dangerous Francois said the next morning." "Hey. by his neck but liu. Buck broke Spill'\ Then Buck started the last attack.III fought "Now be no 1111' 111111.1'. Spitz cried attacked him. 15 . It'f. but he tried hard to st. leks was afraid of Buck and he didn't want to make Buck angry.uiywlu-r«. Then laughed. 11101 Spitz cried loudly." answered Spitz.

were very thin. and it was hard work for the dogs. Perrault?" "Yes. but now Buck is better!" Buck quickly the other dogs. Buck laughed and walked shouted. for end of the Perrault's his arms here and get into your harness." wasn't afraid of the didn't Francois. they ran 20 kilometers. put plans changed. But Buck looked You're down afraid at the club in his I'll he hand. quickly. Buck. He wanted away again. Miller's big house After many more sun. ground-look. man bought The now and he didn't want to go back to his old harness. and a new life. and He was the new boss now. And the other dogs had to work hard' ' he went to bed.So." Buck's work. to the sledge. This life was hard. Buck didn't bark. But They aro~nd again. now you. He looked A Scottish worked letters Dawson. away aga1l1. and they hard for him. Franyois said. All right. stronger. It wasn't fourteen days. think But he was wrong. He was the best dog He walked couldn't get and leave the camp. but Francois sat down. Perrault dollars for him! What was very do you with his club. thought. and more between "Wow! intelligent than Miller's house in California. He had a in Dawson. They wanted a long rest. they took They the carried sledge people's back to next for the Canadian to them. h. I and there was no new snow. when Francois turned around. second week.re at night: Curlv . but good. day. Buck only liked one thing.0 . When and he took man in the red shirt and he walked Franyois brought Sol-leks "OK. "OK Buck. days and nights. They listened Perrault to him and worked and very happy. can do Buck is his new harness. Francois and the sledge "I don't started Buck put him in to move. and then they had to start 17 16 . Spitz was the best dog. you're right. But Buck walked away from him. they could see Skaguay. stopped the fighting back to Mr. didn't stop.2. On this trip. "Mush!" Francois Francois After better watched some Spitz's job. Every And at the Francois Francois and put day. to sell the dogs neck and he cried. come to me.." Francois heavy and the snow was very thick. Francois thought. He and some other men Mail Company. Francois followed. Now the dogs were very tired. Francois understand. They had to leave Skaguay and the Yukon. when had Buck's they arrived at Skaguay. Francois was angry now. Come move away the Somebody will pay a thousand think. Buck easily pushed bad dog!You Sol-leks " "Buck is the best sledge dog in the North. He didn't to be in Spitz's harness. too. club and it on the go to Now. He liked to sit by the before and hIS fight with Spitz. Francois Hut they only had two days' rest. you win!" And he took Sol-leks out of Spitz's place. He didn't and the warm they arrived than Spitz! He's faster. The sledge was very hard. He often thought about Mr want t~ at Perrault smiled. The ice was hard too cold. Spitz. But he wasn't sad. Sometimes he remembered Buck kilometers." but Buck "Oh. After an hour. Then he looked back at Buck. Perrault happy back." Francois said. Buck away. and the other him. were surprised dogs were afraid of uew home now. remembered he said. "Buck-you now!" he shouted. was also very happy with this trip. Francois • the sledge dogs. carefully. near him. Buck didn't like this new job but he always worked too. Buck never saw the two men of this.

The Scottish n~an stopped the sledge and took him out of his harness. Dave fell down in the snow next to the sledge. After three days.and started to walk slowly behind the sledge. Dave was very weak. He stopped next to Sol-leks and didn't move away. The sledge started to move again.so the sledge got heavier and heavier." The Scottish man listened and then said. Then he'll die happy. Sometimes the sledge stopped suddenly. and the sledge started again. The dogs had to have a short rest. Sledge dogs love their work. but the pain was very bad.They gave the dogs their fish. Dave couldn't get up." So the men put Dave back into his harness. Something was wrong inside Dave. Dave had the biggest problem. He tried to go to his 18 Dave ran next to the other dogs. and he fell to the ground in his harness many times. Dave was in a lot of pain. they got weaker and weaker. The men stopped and made their camp. And it snowed every day. and Dave ran next to the other dogs. He wanted to give Dave a rest. and one time. "I think Dave is going to die. and the men weren't happy. and he fell down in the snow. . but this made the dog angry. But he stayed in his harness and night came. One man said. He cried and barked with pain. but they couldn't find the problem. And when they can't pull the sledge. but they couldn't help him. and Dave cried with pain.but Dave couldn't eat. and Dave hated to see another dog in his harness. they don't want to live. The dogs couldn't run fast. In the morning. He howled sadly. He was also very weak. He fell many times. The men looked at him carefully.And day after day. He walked slowly and carefully to the sledge. But he can die in his harness. "Some dogs die because they can't work. Running was very difficult in the thick snow. Dave was happy in his harness. It was the dogs' third trip back to Skaguay.again. but he had a job. They watched Dave. so the men stopped. the sledge went over his legs. It was his work.

Buck was very thin. so the Scottish man sold Buck and the other dogs.1 got II heavier and heavier. Charles was forty-five years old and he had weak. and Mercedes. and the Scottish man stopped the dogs. my friends. So he broke the ice. Then they heard the sound of a gun. "Break the ice under the sledge. A man walked past and looked at their sledge." he thought. "I'll kill you!" And Hal started I() hit the weak dogs with his club. The sledge moved away from the camp and Dave howled sadly." He walked back to Dave. They found their things and brought the dogs back. so don't hit them. Do you really tl u uk it will move?" "Of course-now go . Help them. and the other men stopped talking. Mercedes. He always carried a gun and a big knife with him. They want a rest. "That man is very stupid.lvysledge there. Hal put the dogs ilil" t heir harnesses and the d(l~'. But Buck knew. and the dogs ran away. strong dogs. 1I('. Another man watched . Now we'll have a long rest-a very 1ong rest." So he shouted to Hal.. and they tll." said the driver. Hal was a younger man of about twenty." said 011eman. Some men came and wauhcd Hal. "Those dogs are tired. The dogs want to work hard." he thought.111d boxes onto the sledge. The sledge went behind some trees.(' sledge. lhc dogs jumped and tried to mow t he sledge.uid he started to hit the dogs again. they were very weak. and . watery eyes. "Mush! Go! Move!" he shouted to the dogs. "He'll die slowly in the cold snow. One man said.III·1 understand life there. and h(' took out his club. "Come. but he couldn't move his legs. The dogs' feet had cuts on them and they couldn't run. "You'll have to buy more dogs. The men waited for a short time. "It's too heavy. Hal and Charles took III II k and the other dogs to IIH' II 11<'\\ camp.harness. He didn't ask for a lot of money because the dogs couldn't work very hard.mu't pulling hard!" shou ted Hal. but his dogs couldn't move.1I1grily. The dogs only had a threeday rest. "This is the end. 111. but then they had to leave.111('(1." 21 .and I don't want that. Your sledge is very heavy.1\\.111'. • Two American men. Bags and boxes went everywhere. Then the harnesses broke from the sledge. . "Be quiet!" shouted Hal. But it was too heavy and they couldn't move it. The Scottish man came back quickly and shouted." But there were letters in Skaguay for the men in the North. "You have a very big. hut I have to help those dogs.IY!"shouted Hal. and now they couldn't pull the heavy sledge. The men put a lot of bags . arrived in Skaguay.11. "You stupid dogs!You . They were tired and weak.They looked and felt very tired. Charles and Hal. and your sledge will move." he saic] 10 11. They . He wasn't a kind man. Charles. The men had to buy new. bought the tired dogs and their harnesses.understood the sound of the gun. The 20 two men looked stran!'. After thirty days without a rest. But the road suddenly turned left and the large sledge fell over. " Hal didn't want to listen to the man. Buck saw a wom. there.\11.(· III the North. And now Dave had no more pain. "I have to help Dave. "Those poor dogs. and every other dog knew.ui. Chapter 5 A Bad Trip The Canadian Mail sledge. and the sledge slowly moved down the street.1 \('1\ 1. "Mush!" The sledge moved away fast. He was a good dog. and the mail sledge had to leave again. with Buck and the other dogs. Many nice people came and helped Hal.

and late in the Mercedes fought every day.We will get to Dawson. Thornton didn't stop them. Hal shouted to his dogs. "Get up. The sun came up early and went down late every day.They hated the cold.So Charles bought animals. went down to the river. with new life everywhere. but now he couldn't feel it. so they didn't bring much food for them. Thornton stood over Buck and said angrily. On this trip the ice felt dangerous under his feet. Hal. Thornton attacked Hal. The trip back to Dawson didn't know morning was very bad. "What's the best way to Dawson?" Hal asked Thornton. The dogs barked 22 23 . and the Yukon. • Buck and the other dogs had no life in them when they arrived. and the other dogs were almost dead. stupid. and now they had fourteen again. and the men felt happy and You're wrong-the ice is thick. the thin ice broke and the sledge fell into the cold water." "The weather is warmer now. Thornton again. But through days. with five tired dogs. The club didn't hurt very much now and Buck started to die. he was afraid. They started more dogs. They didn't have any plans and they about this cold country. Buck watched them. So Hal took his club and hit him hard. Hal hit him again and again. Thornton looked at the sledge and thought. very tired and he couldn't get up. It felt different. and we're here. Don't walk across this river to Dawson now. you stupid animals! Move! Get up. They're they won't listen to me. They didn't want to hear his words. He could hear the club. But Thornton quickly hit Hal important. He was very. green again." he said to Hal. "and the ice is very thin." answered Hal." The sledge moved slowly across the river. "You hit that dog again. He was tired. They didn't understand the North. Minutes later. hit Hal Then Hal took out his long knife. the snow. and very hungry. The dogs worked as hard as they could. Suddenly. Charles. the heavy sledge. We're going to Dawson and you aren't going to stop us!" Thornton stood between Hal and Buck. and many times on the last river. Hal fell to the ground. The dogs began to die because they were tired. Hal couldn't fight Thornton. Buck!" But Buck didn't get up. He didn't want him now. The heavy sledge moved slowly down the street." he thought. "This animal will have to have a lot of food and rest. Suddenly. and I'll kill you!" "It's my dog. only of the hard work and the pain. weak. Buck didn't want to get up. six dogs died. When the sledge stopped. He felt Buck's legs want to help those dogs. But I on the hand and the knife fell to the ground. The ice on the river started to break. Buck stayed on the ground. and the trees were the two men. Charles and Mercedes. "Get out of my way or I'll kill you. and the dogs walked. They didn't enjoy the spring." "Some people in Skaguay said the same thing. at John Thornton's camp. the woman. They also didn't know about dogs. We're going to finish our trip." Hal answered. Then he took the knife and quickly cut Buck's harness. sat down next to Buck. Hal. They started and finished early in the afternoon. 1 know "I know these people. It was beautiful spring weather. He didn't move. "I hope he doesn't die. So they didn't go many kilometers in a day. The these wonderful They thought birds sang. one evening. In one week. and Thornton and his back. They looked dead. every dog fell down in the snow. and Buck was almost dead.

and Skeet-and morning. and he slowly got stronger and stronger. Buck. and she was a little doctor to Buck. Buck never saw them quickly again. the river. Buck. And Buck slowly learned a new lesson."Thornton laughed. "Wow. He was kind and friendly. He listened to and his other dogs. "We're going to Dawson. He learned about love. He barked at him. and he helped him. Then the dogs and the people the ice. He loved more than anything in life. In the camp. So his friends made a camp for him. Nig friends."Thornton said quietly. . They were good friends and they played games every day. Nig was a very large. • 24 Buck's loveJor Thornton l. Thornton looked at Buck. friendly dog. she carefully washed Buck's cuts. Thornton. Chapter 6 John Thornton For the Love of a Man in the winter had bad feet from an accident before Buck came. they waited for Thornton's small. Buck loved Thornton's talks with him. Skeet was a the songs of the birds. and Buck looked back at him. and he never hit him.and Mercedes went under shouted. But we'll be back for you when the weather's warmer. every day. Have a long rest here and get better. Every after breakfast. "I think you can speak!" Buck's love for Thornton Thornton got stronger and stronger.ot stronoer and stronger . For the first time in his life. black dog and he was also friendly. Thornton's dogs were his children and he talked to then. man took him away from Hal. Buck sat and watched They all got stronger-Buck." they said. "Oh. he felt strong love-for This wonderful Thornton. and they left him by the river.

They could pull Thornton out. those words. "Duck really loves Thornton. But the water was very fast. The two men pulled the wet dog out of the river." So Thornton went to Barton and spoke quietly to him. "But I'm afraid. and he attacked Barton again." answered Hans. Barton wanted to fight with somebody. Suddenly. the boat moved very quickly through the water and it hit a rock.et angry easily somebody hurts fight. in December. and Hans and Pete could see this. but Buck's dangerous. The boat turned over and Thornton fell into the cold river. "You can't pull me to Hans and Pete!" Thornton shouted The people in the bar heard a loud angry bark. and some men like to Sometimes they g. "In Thornton's the other man. no. "Oh. and he watched Thornton very carefully. so he started to speak angrily to a smaller man. He was very angry. too. But other people in Alaska strange dog and his great love for • At the end of the next summer. we can't do that!" said another Barton because Barton hit Thornton. "Buck attacked He's a good dog." "No. arrived in the camp with their A man said. Hans. helped his friend. Thornton. man. He almost killed that man! We'll have to kill him. They had to help Thornton Thornton. and Thornton wanted to take their boat down a fast river. Then and to came near. Buck will go crazy. and it pushed Thornton Buck quickly down the river. Buck jumped into the water and swam to his friend. Barton very hard in the face. but he's going to live. and the river carried him away. Thornton Buck showed his love for again. Barton put up his arm and Buck attacked it. "Go Duck! Go! You have to get out of the river!" Buck didn't want to leave his friend. "And this won't be a good fight." Pete said. Thornton watched the two men. when they called him. Buck will kill when Pete remembered and his friends were in a bar. and he In the beginning. Then a large dog quickly jumped up and ran at Barton. friends. "Yes. I'll have to do something. And he didn't bark angrily at them. He was a large. He quickly went under the fast water. "He's got a very bad cut. turned around and hit Thornton Buck tried to swim to Hans and Pete." heard about this wonderful. But Duck's love was only for Thornton." he thought. so they ran fast to a place above Then they put a rope around Buck and he quickly jumped 27 . You know the men in the North. quickly. Thornton Thornton." It was at Circle City. angry man.Thornton's boat. Buck and Barton fell to the floor. because Barton is bigger than that other man. but then he saw Thornton's love tor his friends. And when So nobody was angry with Buck. He caught a large rock and pushed Buck away. Hans and Pete stood next to the river when Thornton was in the boat. This time." "Yes. The man was afraid. So Duck walked to them. he hurt his neck very badly and Barton shouted with pain." he said. Buck didn't like this river. Buck was on top of the man. Hans and Pete. Buck didn't like these strange men. A doctor came and looked at Barton's neck. Then some men pulled Buck off Barton and they took the dog outside. When he put his arms around Buck's neck. there's going to be a fight. Thornton next fight. Pete. "Black" Barton was in the bar. 26 Buck. the two men watched Thornton and Buck. but he slowly swam to Hans and Pete. One day.

They looked dead and they had a lot of cuts on them. Buck heard his friend's cry and jumped up. Then." Pete answered. And when Buck's well. but he had to help Thornton. When Thornton woke up. He sat up and saw his beautiful dog on the ground near him." After many weeks. but he couldn't see very well. Buck did another wonderful thing for Thornton. We'll stay here." said Thornton quietly. Hans and Pete hit the water out of him. they were on the ground next to the river. suddenly. Buck swam to Thornton. he looked dead. He felt very bad. • That winter." "OK.into the cold water again. Hans and Pete pulled the rope very hard. and Thornton caught him around his neck. and he jumped in. 28 . "but he's in a lot of pain and he can't walk. at Dawson. But they went under the water many times. help! 1'111 going down. Hans and Pete had to pull Buck out of the river again fast. Pete. There was a lot of water in his nose and mouth. Buck swam to Thornton. we'll take the boat down the river again. rope around Duck's neck again. "No. The water was very strong and very cold. When they got Buck out of the water. Hans. and slowly Ruck and Thornton moved nearer to them. and they hit many hard rocks." shouted Thornton. They put the. But the water was too strong and it carried Buck past Thornton. "we can't go down this river now. but Buck didn't stop. and Buck quickly ran back to the place above Thornton. before he hit the dangerous rocks. Buck got better and they all went down the river to Dawson. "Is he dead?" he quickly asked Pete. "Help. he wanted to see Buck. Buck couldn't move and he couldn't open his eyes.

and then two centimeters. They were excited..You're a strong dog. "My Buck can pull a sledge with four hundred and fifty kilos of sugar on it!" "And walk a hundred meters with it?" asked Matthewson. one man said. They felt strange. Go. now. Thornton sat down next to Buck and put his arms around his neck. "Oh no!" he thought." he said happily. but he didn't stop. "Let's see this. And now the three men could begin a new trip. They talked about Buck's test and about the money." "Now that's nothing. Hans. and walk a hundred meters. Buck . But it began nowhere and ended nowhere. and guns. their friends weren't happy. OK?" said Matthewson. they found an old 31 . and Buck loved this. "Do this for my love.. "Ha! That's nothing. and put on his harness. of course. Then he put his hands on Buck's face and looked into his eyes. "Yes. "Now." he said quietly. Slowly. 1 think he can pull a sledge with two hundred kilos of sugar on it!" Another man. and to find some gold. But he also won a thousand dollars. Thornton walked behind the sledge and shouted. Suddenly. They talked about Buck. Everybody went crazy. and it has four hundred and fifty kilos of sugar on it. They were happy and excited." But Thornton. some dogs. one afternoon. "And here it is. and Pete weren't afraid. "I love you. but it was a very difficult job. Thornton sat down next to Buck and put his hands on Buck's head. Every day they caught fish or small animals for food. "That's it. he walked to the end of the hundred meters. With a sledge. I have a sledge outside. and Thornton's face went very red. Buck looked beautiful.Jim O'Brien. the most wonderful dog in Alaska. He was young and strong." said Thornton. wonderful dog. And then it started to move across the snow. the sledge 30 began to move. Nobody spoke. "Be careful!" their friends said. And then he saw an old friend. They wanted to leave the towns and cities. and Thornton were in a bar. My dog can pull a sledge with three hundred kilos of sugar on it." Nobody spoke. One day. "You'll be in the wild for months. you crazy.Hans." answered Tho:-nton coldly." answered his good friend. Buck. Then Thornton stood up and walked away from his dog. He put a large bag of gold on the table. new winds. Buck jumped up and pulled hard. Chapter 7 The Call of the Wild When Buck walked past that hundred meter line. GO!" he shouted. "Can Buck pull four hundred and fifty kilos of sugar?" He looked at the faces around him. and I'll give you a thousand dollars. they could live anywhere in the wild. Buck. "Can you give me a thousand dollars?" he asked quietly. Pete. It moved one centimeter. Slowly. They went down new rivers and slept on new mountains. "1 have a very strong dog. Matthewson.They shouted and jumped. Another day. go!" Buck felt tired. and it will be dangerous. in the East. he showed his strong love for Thornton. Or you have to give me a thousand dollars. Thornton brought Buck to Matthewson's sledge. Month after month they walked. Everybody walked quickly out of the bar. They wanted to go to new and strange places. "Yes. And they could live happily away from other people for a long time. said. You can do it. Do this for me. Buck pulled and pulled. He loved catching his food and he loved going to these new and exciting places. with other men. they found a road through the woods. When they said goodbye.

and sometimes He could hear the he call It called to him. And between bottom at the end of their two small mountains. He played games with him. And every day. inside. in the camp. and he was always near Thornton. live in the wild now.house in the middle of some trees. but he felt very happy. larger animal. Buck up and ran through the camp into the woods. and started to take long walks in the woods. you crazy dog?" laughed Thornton. and moose killed a small moose. and it was loud. and his friends didn't see the new Buck when catch it through started the trees. But Buck didn't stop. cried angrily and he was very angry. They took the gold from of the river and put it into large bags. He couldn't remembered follow his new They stopped river. and he stayed away from the camp for two or three days. he quickly jumped on he cried and ran next to Buck. He had to go back to the camp. For an hour. Buck never left the camp. loudly. The wolf sat down and howled When Buck saw Thornton him. Then Buck began to sleep ill the woods at night. He was a very big. 32 33 . he turned to run back. He fished in the river for food. sadly. strange suddenly. and it came from the woods. place For two days and two nights. Then the wolf. trip. and careful. "Watch animal. so Buck this new place. So. In the trees. day after day. He walked afraid of Buck followed They followed slowly and carefully and it quickly to the wolf. But the wolf was ran after it and ran away. He was angry in his back. night. was next to Thornton he ate. Buck brother. but no people. Buck he saw the around he got to the trees. slowly through the trees and. he wasn't a sledge dog. "Buck is the best dog in the world. fall. But then he heard the call ill the woods again. in an open place. In the woods. He was very happy with his new wolf-brother. and he tried to The men worked the bottom they got richer He didn't He started One hard. It was a long and difficult fight but Buck won. up find his new brother. He watched Buck remembered when he slept. one day to his friends. sad howl and it didn't come from a dog. understand to feel something he woke could hear something. they found There . After an hour. He could He killed many times and he always ate the Buck didn't want to hurt him. But Buck had to leave him. . his wild brother. and then a wonderful . and richer. a gun and an old "Where were you. But the wolf wasn't happy. of this river the men could see gold. But when Thornton. winter. he really is a wonderful Buck walked out of the camp." said Hans. they ran for a long time. the wolf understood. But the dogs had no work. Buck found He one. He followed him everywhere. Buck jumped He walked a wolf. and one day he killed a large." said John Thornton him walk." animal. to play. at a river and had a drink. Then he had a big arrow saw Buck." said Pete. But he didn't hear his sad howl again. and he was strong. strong Buck moose. he was a wild animal-quick and kill anything. and started • The weather woods. Buck started to walk through the woods again. started but to come into Buck's he wanted to kill an because when he older. Buck bed inside. young. he saw "Yes. It was a long. you're right. He couldn't eat or sleep. and at the him at work. meat of the dead animals. But Thornton "You know. He stayed with him when was a small river. got colder. They found spnng agam. They saw summer. dangerous He could intelligent.

he went crazy. They couldn't help the old moose now. but he didn't hear it. and they ran into of the camp. Buck looked out from the trees. . but he was fast. It at them from the trees. The moose got weaker and weaker because Buck was always there. He and he stopped to run quickly hear any birds or the sounds of his friends. to his friend. Then he found Hans. Hour after hour. A loud. For a day and a night. and the men couldn't couldn't stop him. loud bark. Then jumped kill them. the younger moose had to move away from the trees. Buck attacked him. Nig had a large Suddenly. He didn't movehe was dead too. angry bark came from him. So he outside the camp. Then Thornton. his little doctor. They were afraid. For the last time in his life. He went crazy because of his love for Thornton. Many younger catch moose tried to attack Buck. so they left the old moose. and he was dead. Buck began to feel very was different and he didn't like it.Buck followed the old moose everywhere. Three started couldn't strange. They couldn't him. so they catch him. He was on the ground and he had arrows in his back. Nig. They heard to they saw a large. But he moved very quickly. He quickly killed the first man. At the end of the fourth day. he found arrow in his back. And when the moose tried to eat or drink. It was Buck. angry animal. Buck pulled the tired moose down to the ground. Buck stayed by the dead animal. but he didn't stop. and he wanted Buck followed the old moose everywhere. and day after day. kilometers from the camp. Something he went back to the camp. They tried the to kill him with their arrows. Strange men danced in the middle the strange. He attacked them again and again. He ate and slept. woods. When him. Buck followed night came.

Buck sat down howled too. Buck understood. a lot of wolves ran into the camp. But Buck was very strong and he fought well. Then Buck slowly walked back into the quiet camp and he found Pete. friendly way. and he was friendly. next to his wild brother. He came out of the green woods and went to the open place. the wolves got tired and sat down. he was ready to answer it. The sun went down and the sounds of night came to him. The dog lived with the wolves. They hurt him. Buck stayed next to the river all day. Suddenly. Buck only loved one manThornton-and now he was dead. But there was one visitor to the place every summer. He walked to the center of the camp and listened. and he followed them. he wasn't sad. Skeet had his front legs and ~is head under the water. gray wolf carefully walked lip to Buck. After half an hour. And for the first time. He sat down and howled.But Buck hated them more than anything in the world. but he wasn't a wolf. Buck couldn't was dead. They hurt him. He never wanted to live with men again. But sometimes he looked • But the story of Buck docsn 't dead Indians. Some people went out and never came back. Then the wolves jumped The and see him. but the others ran away. He was a great. Buck walked to the river of gold. He killed two more men. Now he wasn't afraid of men. he couldn't play with his friend or look into his eyes howl or cry. beautiful wolf-but not a wolf. under the water. with their clubs and arrows. But Buck attacked their necks and faces. end here. answered the call of the wild. John Thornton Now The other wolves came to Blick and barked at him in a halfaway and ran into the He trees. Now Buck didn't want the harness or the work of men. froi» the woods. People were afraid of this dangerous dog. two small mountains. but he didn't fall. But they never went to a place between with a river of gold ill the middle. A thin. Three more wolves tried to attack him. and they quickly fell back. It was the call. and he howled happily. call was here. and he killed them. Every fall. Buck was larger and stronger than they were. and people stayed away. Buck couldn't inside. He sang the song of the wild. Then he howled sadly. That place had a bad name. and he had to answer. It was red now. They stopped when they saw Buck. Buck felt strong and dangerous. and left. He felt a very bad pain away from the river and saw the with love. He ran with his wild brothers. It was Buck's wild brother happily. So. and it didn't go away. They were afraid. Then one wolf jumped. and Buck looked at him Then an old wolf stood ill trout of Buck and looked at Buck for a long time. But Buck attacked him and broke his thin neck easily. Then the other wolves ran at Buck and attacked him. 36 . The Indians in the East began to talk about a strange dog. But in the long winter nights. And Thornton was also there. And Buck ran with them. and it was strong and beautiful. but he knew. He stopped next to the gold river and sat for a long time. these people followed the moose into the woods. It took food from their houses and killed their dogs. Pete was dead in his bed.