| Quote #28
The blood-longing became stronger than ever before. He was a killer, a thing that preyed, living on the things that lived, unaided, alone, by virtue of his own strength and prowess, surviving triumphantly in a hostile environment where only the strong survived. Because of all this he became possessed of a great pride in himself, which communicated itself like a contagion to his physical being. It advertised itself in all his movements, was apparent in the play of every muscle, spoke plainly as speech in the way he carried himself, and made his glorious furry coat if anything more glorious. (7.21)
Every aspect of Buck, from his state of mind to his physicality, is transformed by his adaptation to the wild.
| Quote #29
Guided by that instinct which came from the old hunting days of the primordial world, Buck proceeded to cut the bull out from the herd. It was no slight task. (7.28)
One of Buck’s last and greatest challenges – killing a bull – demonstrates the completion of his transformation. We see his physical and mental prowess against a formidable opponent.