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Quote #4

Here and there savage dogs rushed upon him, but he bristled his neck-hair and snarled (for he was learning fast), and they let him go his way unmolested. (2.9)

The traits Buck learns in the wild, such as intimidation, were irrelevant in his old world.

Quote #5

Another lesson. So that was the way they did it, eh? Buck confidently selected a spot, and with much fuss and waste effort proceeded to dig a hole for himself. (2.11)

Buck’s learning from the other dogs establishes an initial sense of camaraderie.

Quote #6

A shout from François hailed his appearance. "Wot I say?" the dog-driver cried to Perrault. "Dat Buck for sure learn queek as anyt'ing." (2.13)

Others recognize Buck’s ability to learn.

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