| Quote #1
But Buck was neither house-dog nor kennel-dog. The whole realm was his. (1.4)
When the story begins, Buck’s value is that of a king or ruler.
| Quote #2
"That makes a hundred and fifty," the saloon-keeper calculated; "and he's worth it, or I'm a squarehead." (1.18)
From the outset, Buck is judged based on his monetary worth.
| Quote #3
"Sacredam!" he cried, when his eyes lit upon Buck. "Dat one dam bully dog! Eh? How moch?"
Buck’s value begins to increase when he starts to learn from his environment.