shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
cunning gave him poise and control.
done with very great haste and without due deliberation
He was not prone to rashness and
precipitate action; and in the bitter hatred between him and Spitz he betrayed no impatience, shunned all offensive acts.
But when Buck finished his ration and returned, he found his nest
lie in wait or behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
The camp was suddenly discovered to be alive with
skulking furry forms,-- starving huskies, four or five score of them, who had scented the camp from some Indian village.
assail or attack on all sides
beset by three huskies, and in a trice his head and shoulders were ripped and slashed.
someone shirking duty by feigning illness or incapacity
malingerer, leaped upon the crippled animal, breaking its neck with a quick flash of teeth and a jerk, Buck got a frothing adversary by the throat, and was sprayed with blood when his teeth sank through the jugular.
clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
As Buck drew himself together to spring after them, out of the tail of his eye he saw Spitz rush upon him with the
evident intention of overthrowing him.
raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
Perrault scaled it by a miracle, while Franĉois prayed for just that miracle; and with every thong and sled lashing and the last bit of harness rove into a long rope, the dogs were
hoisted, one by one, to the cliff crest.
lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
This was a great relief, and Buck caused even the weazened face of Perrault to twist itself into a grin one morning, when Franĉois forgot the moccasins and Buck lay on his back, his four feet waving appealingly in the air, and refused to budge without them.
a quick reply to a question or remark
"Dat Buck two devils," was Franĉois's
make steady progress
He alone endured and
prospered, matching the husky in strength, savagery, and cunning.
having a strong desire for success or achievement
This was the pride of Dave as wheel-dog, of Sol-leks as he pulled with all his strength; the pride that laid hold of them at break of camp, transforming them from sour and sullen brutes into straining, eager,
ambitious creatures; the pride that spurred them on all day and dropped them at pitch of camp at night, letting them fall back into gloomy unrest and uncontent.
give a beating to
This was the pride that bore up Spitz and made him
thrash the sled-dogs who blundered and shirked in the traces or hid away at harness-up time in the morning.
recover through digging
But when he was at last
unearthed, and Spitz flew at him to punish him, Buck flew, with equal rage, in between.
fixed or established especially by order or command
It seemed the
ordained order of things that dogs should work.
an act boldly resisting authority or an opposing force
With the aurora borealis flaming coldly overhead, or the stars leaping in the frost dance, and the land numb and frozen under its pall of snow, this song of the huskies might have been the
defiance of life, only it was pitched in minor key, with long-drawn wailings and half-sobs, and was more the pleading of life, the articulate travail of existence.
restore to good health or strength
The week's rest had
recuperated the dogs and put them in thorough trim.
anger produced by some annoying irritation
But such splendid running was achieved not without great trouble and
vexation on the part of Franĉois.
a union of interests or purposes among members of a group
The insidious revolt led by Buck had destroyed the
solidarity of the team.
cause to move forward with force
All that stirring of old instincts which at stated periods drives men out from the sounding cities to forest and plain to kill things by chemically
propelled leaden pellets, the blood lust, the joy to kill--all this was Buck's, only it was infinitely more intimate.
unrestrained and violent
He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and
rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars and over the face of dead matter that did not move.
pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
Fang clashed fang, and lips were cut and bleeding, but Buck could not
penetrate his enemy's guard.
close in time; about to occur
Only Spitz quivered and bristled as he staggered back and forth, snarling with horrible menace, as though to frighten off
stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
obdurate, but when he turned his back Buck again displaced Sol-leks, who was not at all unwilling to go.
But it was in giving the law and making his mates live up to it, that Buck
a rate that is rapid
At the Rink Rapids two native huskies, Teek and Koona, were added; and the
celerity with which Buck broke them in took away Franĉois's breath.
the transmission of genetic factors to the next generation
Far more potent were the memories of his
heredity that gave things he had never seen before a seeming familiarity; the instincts (which were but the memories of his ancestors become habits) which had lapsed in later days, and still later, in him, quickened and become alive again.
a conference between two or more people
They talked it over at meal-time, and over their last pipes before going to bed, and one night they held a
a small part remaining after the main part no longer exists
With the last
remnant of his strength he managed to stagger along behind till the train made another stop, when he floundered past the sleds to his own, where he stood alongside Sol-leks.
have a desire for something or someone who is not present
His strength left him, and the last his mates saw of him he lay gasping in the snow and
yearning toward them.