The Call of the Wild
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He was glad for one thing: the rope was off his neck. That had given them an unfair advantage; but now that it was off, he would show them. They would never get another rope around his neck. Upon that he was resolved. (1.25)
Buck immediately resents being forced to submission, but his initial claims of defiance are impossible to fulfill.
He was beaten (he knew that); but he was not broken. (1.40)
Buck draws distinctions between different kinds of defeat.
So that was the way. No fair play. Once down, that was the end of you. Well, he would see to it that he never went down. (2.4)
Buck again makes unfounded resolves in his initial state of mind.