The Call of the Wild
by Jack London
The Call of the Wild Chapter 2 Summary
- In chapter 1, we met this other alpha dog named Spitz. Know what happens when two alpha dogs are thrown together? Yeah, exactly.
- Spitz, who is sort of running the show among the dogs, laughs when another dog, Curly, is violently (and explicitly) attacked by a mass of huskies.
- Buck musters up some resolve.
- Meanwhile, Buck is learning to be part of this sled-pulling team of dogs traveling vast distances.
- We meet the rest of the cast, like Billee (nice and friendly), Joe (borderline-evil), and Sol-leks (keeps to himself). Sol-leks also has a scar across one eye that makes him partially blind.
- Life starts to not be so great. The weather is freezing and Buck is getting minimal amounts of food.
- So he adapts – his body gets leaner and stronger and we see this idea of "law of club and fang." Basically that means that things are really primitive; brute force dictates superiority.
- Something is stirring in Buck, and since he isn’t eating enough, it’s not dinner. It’s his primitive instincts.
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