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\Studyworld\ Studyworld Studynotes \ Call of the Wild, The:
Chapter One - Part Two

Buck is finally released from the cage when he reaches Seattle, and his captors are glad to be rid of the fierce animal. His newest tormentor, a man in a red sweater, arrives with a club and a hatchet. As he is released from his cage, his former captors leap to positions of safety, all too familiar with the animal's rage. The man in the red sweater calls him a "red eyed devil," and grins with anticipation. Buck leaps up to attack the man, but is stopped by the sharp blow of a club, which thoroughly stuns him. He has never been hit by a club before, and does not understand what is happening to him. He leaps up again, and again is shocked by a forceful blow. Repeatedly he leaps, and with each attempt he is brutally rebuffed. With blood flowing from his nose, mouth, and ears, he staggers around, but is again hit, this time square in the face, by the man's club. Buck is overcome by this "exquisite" pain, this moment of unmatched agony. He furiously goes after the man again, but is halted by the sharp blow of the club. For the last time, he rushes at the man, and, unable to stand, he is clobbered by the man's final blow.
The man and his friends discuss how they "broke" the new dog, and are impressed with Buck's endurance. Buck regains his wits but not his strength, and must endure the pat the man in the red sweater gives him. The man reminds Buck that they are each in their place now - he as master, and Buck as the broken, submissive servant, and that any misbehavior will be met with severe punishment. The man then gives Buck food and water, which the dog takes in hungrily. Buck knows that he has been beater, but he is not broken. He is only wise to the way of the club, and realizes that he stands no chance against it. It is his first lesson in the new, more primitive way of life he is about to take on. Other dogs arrive, and each receives the same treatment from the man in the red sweater. One dog even dies from his blows. Buck realizes that a man with a club must be obeyed, but not necessarily respected.
Strangers come, exchange words and money with the man in the red sweater, and take away the dogs a few at a time. Buck wonders what is going on and where the dogs are going. One day, a man with broken English marvels at the "bully dog" asks how much Buck costs. The man in the red sweater laughs and says he is three hundred, to which the buyer grins. The prices of dogs have skyrocketed, and three hundred is a steal for such a fine animal. He recognizes that a dog like Buck is one in ten thousand, and the Canadian government, for whom Buck will be working, will be better off for the deal. Thus, Buck is bought by the French Canadian named Perrault. Curly, a Newfoundland, is also bought. It is the last Buck will see of the man in the red sweater, and of the southland that he has always called home.
The two dogs are transported on a ship called the Narwhal, and are joined by Perrualt, another French-Canadian named Francois, and two dogs named Splitzbergen and Dave. Buck grows to respect the two men, who know a lot about dogs. These are the type of men Buck is about to be surrounded by, owned by, though he does not yet know it. He appreciates the men's honesty, and fairness. Splitzbergen tries to mess with Buck at first, but is stopped by Francois's whip, which raises his opinion of the French-Canadian. Dave, the other dog, pays little attention to anyone, and only wishes to be left alone. He does not even notice as the ship passes through a particularly rough patch, as it rocks and bucks pitches about; Buck and Curly, meanwhile, are scared and visibly anxious. Days pass and the loud sound of the propeller is always the same. With each day, however, the weather gets steadily colder. When the ship finally docks, Buck encounters snow for the first time in his life. It feels mushy like mud, yet stings his paws like fire. Onlookers laugh at him as he jumps around, confused.

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