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The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

by Jack London

Man and the Natural World Quotes

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Quote #19

And now the call came to Buck in unmistakable accents. He, too, sat down and howled. This over, he came out of his angle and the pack crowded around him, sniffing in half-friendly, half-savage manner. The leaders lifted the yelp of the pack and sprang away into the woods. The wolves swung in behind, yelping in chorus. And Buck ran with them, side by side with the wild brother, yelping as he ran. (7.46)

Buck’s transition from a passive listener of the call to a creature creating the call himself is the culmination of his character’s transformation.

Quote #20

But he is not always alone. When the long winter nights come on and the wolves follow their meat into the lower valleys, he may be seen running at the head of the pack through the pale moonlight or glimmering borealis, leaping gigantic above his fellows, his great throat a-bellow as he sings a song of the younger world, which is the song of the pack. (7.50)

London ends the novel with a description of Buck, but equally important, of the world Buck has chosen to join.

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