| Quote #7
Sick as he was, Dave resented being taken out, grunting and growling while the traces were unfastened, and whimpering broken-heartedly when he saw Sol-leks in the position he had held and served so long. For the pride of trace and trail was his, and, sick unto death, he could not bear that another dog should do his work. (4.29)
Pride is a strong emotion, surviving even the threat of death.
| Quote #8
"They told us up above that the bottom was dropping out of the trail and that the best thing for us to do was to lay over," Hal said in response to Thornton's warning to take no more chances on the rotten ice. "They told us we couldn't make White River, and here we are." This last with a sneering ring of triumph in it. (5.53)
Pride can be dangerous; it prevents Hal from taking advice that would have saved his life.
| Quote #9
At the end of half an hour one man stated that his dog could start a sled with five hundred pounds and walk off with it; a second bragged six hundred for his dog; and a third, seven hundred. (6.29)
Men take pride in their dogs, just as the dogs take pride in their own work.