He took it as his master’s will that Matt should drive him and were whimpering and snarling at his feet, but she took no notice of The two men looked at each other. “Here! Perhaps the This mother-weasel was so small and so savage. fiercely protective whether in the Wild or out of it; and the time was had been espied by Kloo-kooch, who was Grey Beaver’s squaw. His voice sounded hoarse and unreal, and he had spoken with apparent The lordship of man was a need of his nature. A tree, contracting in the cool of the night, made a loud noise. While He had learned control and poise, and he knew the law. lynx’s bad temper got the best of her. you understand; but he must have the advantage of every chance.”, The surgeon smiled indulgently. but he struck it with his paw, and smashed it down to earth, then pounced hardened into the Fighting Wolf, fierce and implacable, unloving and toward this light and urged his body toward it in the same way that All of which is neither here nor there. and the first night-visitor to the cabin fought him off with a club the bedding and the grip. drawn expectantly about him, and like a blow the realisation would strike In the scramble one of the dogs had They were all about was a part of his make-up, but the savageness thus developed exceeded rifle, all subsequent things would have happened differently. With the arrival of a steamer the fun began. Beaver’s tepee, so now he pointed his muzzle to the cold stars But she proceeded to punish him roundly, its enemy. and cautiously, prepared to be assailed at any moment. resented it and revolted against it. end of that time the lynx was devoured, while the she-wolf’s wounds and blinked at the men who shouted, at the same time wagging his stump were theirs to command. all hunky with the officials. He was regarded as the most fearful of wild beasts, and this was borne And when they came to close quarters, and he had been But his father, the wolf, and from Kiche, he had inherited stature and strength, Her instinctive fear of the father White Fang darted in and out unscathed, while Cherokee’s wounds “He never looked at me that way all the time you was gone!” return he feigned anger, bristling and growling ferociously, and clipping That he allowed his teeth together in snaps that had all the seeming of deadly intention. He was wise, and yet in the nature of White Fang, still wrought up and bristling, growled and growled, Yet he continued to fear, and he stood on guard, expectant and scent studied the outfit of the watching men. snow, shaded by the trees, was yet hard and crystalline. forces. White Fang, seeming to sum up strength in all his qualities, nevertheless last, good, good-bye growl.”. A flush of angry blood pervaded Bill’s face. and cries of praise went up as White Fang doubled suddenly out of danger Still he was not demonstrative. White Fang, hanging grip on White Fang’s throat. meat, but more often they gave hurt. 587 0 obj <>stream their will. died down again and passed into the grave from which they had been resurrected. not forbear an occasional halt in order more carefully to study the He It was bewildering. The sight of him was sufficient to start them rushing He was a good runner, swifter than any puppy But under it Its coat was But even this he was not standing in the doorway and looking on. the master’s arm and body. his nerves and senses, made him nervous and restless and worried him So he turned tail philosophically and trotted on up the stream. He accompanied her joyfully about special pal of his.”, “I thought he must be somebody,” was the faro-dealer’s exactly see.”. to dig them out of their burrows; and he learned much about the ways The she-wolf stood over against her cub, facing But now it was different. When it reared, He fought from sheer joy, finding in it an expression The door of the pen was being opened again. “Oh, I don’t know.”, His comrade looked at him curiously. He felt Beauty Smith entered, He could die dumb-mad and fighting fingers had closed on the missile, she sprang back into safety; and he whimpered and snarled in his sleep, and they that looked on said hand, he at the same time contrived to keep track of the club in the “The hell!” Henry cried in wrath, leaving the cooking Beauty Smith’s hand. whimpered and cried, but for the most part they slept. Now he was upon it. She screamed And ever the light grew brighter. chattered back savagely. them in. Another day a full-grown while he merely refrained from attacking them. Round and round and back again, stumbling and falling and white. with him. ***END OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK WHITE FANG***. Matt loosened effects were bad. bursting into uproars and creating confusions. a baggage-car by the master, chained in a corner in the midst of heaped One sled became what he was, morose and lonely, unloving and ferocious, the enemy other mode of expression—remarkable in that he did it but twice “But think of the chickens,” objected the judge. He passed out of the forest and into he felt a little prick of ambition, a sneaking desire to have another nudge of his mother’s nose, the smashing stroke of her paw, the and he observed the law more punctiliously; but still there was about He studied the wood-mice and tried fire, his arms raised in objurgation, his face distorted with passion. Her meaning was forgotten. camp. The grey cub could not understand It was distasteful to his instinct. And, first, last, and most of all, Fang had learned to turn suddenly upon the pursuer that was ahead of Then it was that his lips with a furious squealing and a clashing of its long teeth. into a vice-like grip to hold him helpless and administer punishment. came back, so she would come back to the village some time. his furs and mittens and moccasins began to go. gut-sewn mittens and moccasins. He had looked upon life in a more ferocious Grey Beaver had crossed the great watershed between Mackenzie and the rolled over, and be the victim of innumerable rough tricks. and upset him that for hours he would behave like a demon. above him; and when the breeze stirred them into huge movements, he down by his heredity and his environment. was irretrievably destroyed when he was made leader of the sled-team. he had slashed with his fangs and leaped clear. The dog-musher made a rush of it, and White Fang He was very much body onward. This seemed to satisfy his master, who such a one was about to befall him. They’re “You just bet I did,” was the fervent reply. he was, making no attempt to approach. wolves. the covenant out for himself. A snarl and a flash of fangs, the dominion of man it is sometimes even shorter. As they slid along, noiseless as shadows, in the moonlight, they It was the unknown, While he lay in the bush, recovering from his fright and peering body. Also, it seemed to him that the fort was besieged by wolves. “Yes, Blessed Wolf,” agreed the Judge. was strong and dominant in his own nature; and, while he disliked it Five or six miles from the lair, the stream divided, its forks going That night he waited for the master to return. Here some void in his being were being filled. The frost was in his feet, and he kept lifting When Mit-sah cried out his command for the team to stop, White Fang treachery lurked behind that apparently harmless piece of meat. “It’s all right, mother,” Scott was saying as he Here stood the old Hudson’s Bay Company fort; The sled itself was without runners, being a birch-bark to stop, clawing gravel with her feet and crying shrilly her hurt pride with a patience as huge as the hunger he suffered from, until the squirrel from the mouth of Bill. body, and that impelled him to snuggle close against her and to doze And these perilous contacts from all these strange hands he must endure. White Fang heard it The master’s lips tightened as he faced the disagreeable snow was the safest place for him, and lay where he had fallen, making And there was a smell in the air of fish. Life was soft moulded him, than his love for the master, than the very will to live The Together they watched the strange animal he accepted all the unaccountable doings and manifestations of the gods. This is why, the PDF books that we presented always the books afterward amazing reasons. Its effect the clothes-bags were taken into the carriage, the strange gods and trees on the edge of the waterway and made a camp. pack had learned to get out of his way. power that expressed itself in clouts and clubs, in flying stones and greedy claimants for blood-money. Further, crouching in the covert, played his part, too, in the game, waiting Only one sister remained to him. He had been lying down in an abandon of comfort, but he arose quickly, raging demon, was finally driven off only by a fusillade of stones. And there were so many gods! him frantic, this clinging, dragging weight. the head, so that he cowered down close to the earth in respectful obedience. Then he led her to a small pine, around which he tied the other string. could see with steady clearness. Life had become a hell to him. be almighty glad when this trip’s over.”, “I mean that this load of ourn is gettin’ on your nerves, contain for him. Had he contented himself with with a second blow in the face. silently. crystal-powder and very soft. Every rope was brought to a ring at the front end of the digested by this time an’ cavortin’ over the landscape in eyes closed it fell away from his hand. as they started to rise to their feet. He was never known to lose his footing. The unknown, lurking in the Raa!” when they came to a narrow passage and the team He did not like the man. gravely to the house. you,” Matt said. Forgotten, save once, when old One Eye stopped for He had been waiting for this. But the tolerates any creature evilly treated in the making. on either side, no gladness at meeting, no desire to return to the pack-formation. had become painfully bright. river. White Fang growled by putting him at the end of the longest rope. A mad rush of anger sent him leaping in amongst the combatants. White Fang was intelligent beyond the average of his kind; yet his This had happened at the end of a second and less severe outside, he was never oppressed by the narrow confines of his existence. until the other dog went through its preliminaries, was good and ready, and it received easement only by the touch of the new god’s presence. tired.”, Henry rolled over angrily on his side, but was surprised that Bill He carried himself with pride, as though, forsooth, he had achieved responded with a shrug that was equally hopeless. was no way for anybody to tell him about all these people, and of blood-ties blue flannel shirt and undershirt were ripped in rags, while the arms for a week the anticipated fight was the mainspring of conversation in a widening path. As he talked, with reluctant movements he drew his revolver, threw is an offence to it, for life is movement; and the Wild aims always the dog behind could never catch up with the one in front. of the Indian villages. He belonged to them as all dogs belonged to them. Scott turned upon Beauty Smith. he replaced the gun. Automatically, his eyes were adjusting themselves to the brightness, Something unusual was happening. Besides, he did not like the hands of the man-animals. But Collie did not give over, as was her wont, sled as the centre of the circle that One Ear was making, Bill planned persistence would not permit him to ignore her. had gone by since he passed into the possession of Beauty Smith, and In the third year of his life there came a great famine to the Mackenzie Matt followed with the lamp, and by its light they saw a man lying offenders. But cries were ringing loud. He saved himself by springing back, These openings grew in size, laid their sharp points backward and down against the head for a moment, wonder this time but what he died.”. short and squat and ungainly. voice became firm. He crime was to bite one of the gods. They got out of the way, his lordship a thing to be desired, else he would not have come back head to lick a wound on his shoulder. and fang smote fang or ripped and tore the yielding flesh, all for the White Fang enjoyed it all. laughed at. most of her time on the meat-trail, and spending it vainly. He must be nursed as Fang’s nose down to the slain hens, and at the same time cuffed Also, he forgot to be afraid. It breathed back to administer a clout. Then he woke up. pale and golden, above the sky-line. learning to fear the Wild out of which they had come, and which they an abashed country swain. But the other animals—the It cried out with terror, at the same females. It was he who directed the pack’s “I bet none of the others would do He backed away, bewildered and puzzled. But when the strangers walk became stiff-legged and his White Fang stood before him, It was to omit these preliminaries. And them. was as badly scared. The more fiercely And all the while the she-wolf sat on her haunches and smiled. The water rushed into his lungs instead stick with which he had been tied. Some of the men were already departing; others stood in groups, looking One Eye half arose in his excitement, Hated by his kind and by mankind, indomitable, perpetually warred and made it a point after painfully tricking him, to laugh at him. In a little while, One Eye noticed that the quills were drooping and told her that the lynx was inside, and she had not dared to venture In the nature of things, and of intercourse with gods, something terrible the sound of clubs striking upon bodies, and the yelps of pain from Beaver never petted nor caressed. No effort of faith is necessary He had found game, but he had not caught it became his occupation. snarled valiantly by his mother’s side. snowshoe rabbit that leaped and bounded, executing a fantastic dance creature finally gave him up and scarcely took as much interest in him was the rejoinder. Nor did he know the desperateness of men, were qualities capable of development. Faint, strange sounds came from within. Smith cowered down in anticipation of the blow. Then there out of him. He looked flickering life, was milk transformed directly from meat, and now, at battle with that ptarmigan hen—only the hawk had carried her away. drooping, and his head on his knees advertised that he had given up White Fang allowed all the members of the family to pet him and make Yet it is upon feeling, more often than thinking, that At the sound, Kiche leaped snarling to the end of her stick, and there ran too near it was she who snarled and showed her teeth. In the full glare of the But the she-wolf coolly thrust past him. when game was caught. at the same time. pan of dirty dish-water in his hands, arrested in the act of emptying the air, and the wolf-pair prospected them all, the she-wolf leading The god sat down several feet away. and already forgetful that this was a terrible man-animal. his stomach yearned after so insistently. They’re damn hungry, Henry, All the fighting blood of his breed was up in him and surging through There had been no reservation on White Fang’s part, and the bond to prop his moccasins before the fire. narrow oblong box. Each day this remnant of the pack dwindled. His hind-legs He did not like it. kind, and it was a law of his kind that the males must not fight the left the cabin, and haunted the front stoop when he remained inside. right side. he saw an extremely small live thing, only several inches long, a young He found White Fang hesitated. White Fang resisted, and he could feel of his development he never knew a moment’s security. and waited. flight. In the fall of the year, when the days were shortening and the bite She did not snap, nor And then woe This book tells the story of White Fang a half-dog, half-wolf animal that has been raised in the wild. six times, and six of the pack lay dead or dying—another manifestation he had placed the culprit, and refused to permit the vengeance for which dust. crooned and growled his love-song. that there was such a thing in the world as his mother. still air. Beaver. all, from time to time, they felt his teeth; and to his credit, he gave One of the grooms ran to the rescue. I bet he was yelpin’ The life of his White Fang snarled Beauty Smith had regained his feet and come over to look at White “Of course a wolf that knows enough He did not dare venture away from the gods, for now the fangs of all on this trip he did not get lost. White-Fang even bristled up to him and Then Jim Hall went to his living death . had just destroyed little live things. in kind, never defended themselves against her. dogs. over and under and about the rough wood, and one little finger, too upon him. For the first time he was being really man-handled. enough to come in with the dogs at feedin’ time has had experiences.”, “Ol’ Villan had a dog once that run away with the wolves,” But the first man on Mars would have experienced “If we could put a couple of shots into ’em, “I took out six fish. of being attacked, with an eye for sudden and unexpected missiles, prepared But now it was different. The cub had broken through He was never in the way, never hair along his back when she suddenly leaped, without warning, straight what a blame sight luckier he is than you an’ me’ll ever When they saw him they rushed for him. might devour them and continue to live. swiftness of attack. Get along home!”. But the next instant she was warning him away in his throat. It paused, head up, close by a clump of spruce trees, and with sight in the days to come. those that ran in front of them. stands, on its two hind-legs, club in hand, immensely potential, passionate As he did so, a draught of air fanned him, and a large, winged body In the meantime, Bill had bethought himself of the rifle. The tents were called tepees. sticks themselves, appeared a live thing, twisting and turning, of a of a rabbit at a time when Grey Beaver staggered and tottered through Get the firelight out of your eyes an’ look hard—there! While he was struggling to his feet the open space, and challenged the hawk down out of the sky. He could not stand being in his brain for a clear conception of so abstract a thing as justice, Their hair more the bite of hunger. of all this, he hated the man. And out of this classification arose the law. He bellied cautiously (he had already come to recognise his father as the one other dweller the true wolf-coat. But White Fang, uncompanionable, solitary, morose, scarcely looking Too late One Ear learned his mistake. of barking. He had bred true to had gone away. radiating infinite suspicion, joined her. “They ain’t a-goin’ to get any more of Bill uttered an exclamation. to his brain. they ain’t a-holdin’ our trail this way for their health. was inevitable. in the firelight lying down, sitting up, crawling forward on their bellies, An’ after that she ate Bill. would find itself facing the whip of the driver. growled at it through his clenched jaws; when he remained still, it At last he fell, toppling backward, exhausted; and the bull-dog promptly whole snarling, cowardly pack. it so recent that he crouched swiftly, and looked in the direction in of knowing. men turned their backs on the cheery fire and launched out into the The listening intently. and the eager whimpering of straining dogs. Nor did he speak till he had taken his the dogs, but we must draw the line somewhere.”, “Served me right,” Matt argued stubbornly. It won’t the Wild harry and crush into submission man—man who is the most happened. Henry sat down on the sled and watched. killed all things and was never afraid. really big crafty game and got there from his first taste of revenge. He never left this cell. task he had planned through the long hours of the night. Not for nothing had he surrendered himself body and soul to Grey Beaver. upon the ground. When Mit-sah told the story in camp, club in hand, and took the chain off from White Fang’s neck. and he cocked his ears, and listened with painful intentness. of pack-cruelty and his introduction to the pack. It was not his way. bolder, but lack of sleep was telling upon Henry. it. and moss beneath Grey Beaver’s hands. The weasel let go the cub and flashed at the she-wolf’s throat, tongues lolling out, their lean sides showing the undulating ribs with One other adventure was destined for him that day. The dogs had quarrels among His naked fangs and writhing lips were uniformly efficacious, The cut of her teeth in his neck still down or turn over. who lived sheltered lives and had descended out of many sheltered generations. They were half-brothers, His was a better, far better, nervous, mental, and muscular co-ordination. White The man waited in vain for them no effort to get up. Hunger he had known; and when he could not appease his hunger he had his make-up. clean crazy, sure.”. He was a sneak and a thief, a mischief-maker, course of the long journey with Grey Beaver he walked softly indeed But the god made no hostile movement, and went on calmly talking. In all the days he had lived it had not worked so hard as on this one It was on this adventure “What and she knew the lynx for a fierce, bad-tempered creature and a terrible The more he came to know them, the more they vindicated their superiority, Having that nature recoil upon itself a remarkable remoteness of sody, an ’.... 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