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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?"

"Three hundred, and a present at that," was the prompt reply of the man in the red sweater. (1.43, 1.44)

Buck’s value begins to increase when he starts to learn from his environment.

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