| Quote #1
Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide- water dog...Because men, groping in the Arctic darkness, had found a yellow metal. (1.1)
There are issues at play out of Buck’s control that affect his life.
| Quote #2
[…] the fall ice was very thin, and where there was swift water, there was no ice at all. (2.19)
London presents certain events, like falling through the ice, as inevitable.
| Quote #3
Thus, as token of what a puppet thing life is, the ancient song surged through him and he came into his own again; and he came because men had found a yellow metal in the North, and because Manuel was a gardener's helper whose wages did not lap over the needs of his wife and divers small copies of himself. (2.26)
What has happened to Buck is a small piece of a larger puzzle with many more players involved.