Jack London's White Fang - Part 1

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  1. red wolf
    reddish-grey wolf of southwestern North America
    "I never seen a red wolf before.
  2. grey wolf
    a wolf with a brindled grey coat living in forested northern regions of North America
    He awoke once and saw in front of him, not a dozen feet away, a big grey wolf, one of the largest of the pack.
  3. shooting iron
    a firearm that is held and fired with one hand
    "Of course a wolf that knows enough to come in with the dogs at feedin' time, 'd know all about shooting-irons.
  4. circle
    ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length
    A circle of the gleaming eyes had drawn about their camp.
  5. yelp
    a sharp high-pitched cry
    In the scramble one of the dogs had been overturned on the edge of the fire, and it had yelped with pain and fright as the smell of its singed coat possessed the air.
  6. fatty
    containing or composed of fat
    " Fatty's gone."
  7. spruce
    any coniferous tree of the genus Picea
    WHITE FANG PART I CHAPTER I--THE TRAIL OF THE MEAT Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen waterway.
  8. cogitate
    consider carefully and deeply
    "Ol' Villan had a dog once that run away with the wolves," Bill cogitates aloud.
  9. gustatory
    of or relating to the sense of taste
    He was the food, and the sight of him excited in her the gustatory sensations.
  10. fang
    canine tooth of a carnivorous animal
    WHITE FANG PART I CHAPTER I--THE TRAIL OF THE MEAT Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen waterway.
  11. sled dog
    a dog trained to draw a sled usually in a team
    "Looks for all the world like a big husky sled-dog," Bill said.
  12. northland
    any region lying in or toward the north
    It was the Wild, the savage, frozen-hearted Northland Wild.
  13. doze
    a light fitful sleep
    As he dozed off he was aroused by his comrade's voice.
  14. oblong
    deviating from a shape by being elongated in one direction
    On the sled, securely lashed, was a long and narrow oblong box.
  15. replenish
    fill something that had previously been emptied
    Henry propped himself up on an elbow and looked to see his comrade standing among the dogs beside the replenished fire, his arms raised in objurgation, his face distorted with passion.
  16. undulate
    move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
    The wolves were now more open in their pursuit, trotting sedately behind and ranging along on either side, their red tongues lolling out, their lean sides showing the undulating ribs with every movement.
  17. epitaph
    an inscription in memory of a buried person
    And this was the epitaph of a dead dog on the Northland trail--less scant than the epitaph of many another dog, of many a man.
  18. gleaming
    bright with a steady but subdued shining
    There was no suggestion of form in the utter blackness; only could be seen a pair of eyes gleaming like live coals.
  19. waterway
    a navigable body of water
    WHITE FANG PART I CHAPTER I--THE TRAIL OF THE MEAT Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen waterway.
  20. utilise
    put into service
    There were still several hours of grey daylight and sombre twilight, and he utilised them in chopping an enormous supply of fire-wood.
  21. huddle
    a disorganized and densely packed crowd
    From every side the cries arose, and the dogs betrayed their fear by huddling together and so close to the fire that their hair was scorched by the heat.
  22. announce
    make known
    "I saw the other one run off across the snow," Bill announced with cool positiveness.
  23. agitate
    move or cause to move back and forth
    At such moments, when his dogs snarled, the whole circle would be agitated, the wolves coming to their feet and pressing tentatively forward, a chorus of snarls and eager yelps rising about him.
  24. arouse
    call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response
    As he dozed off he was aroused by his comrade's voice.
  25. leap
    move forward by bounds
    Henry leaped out of the blankets and to the dogs.
  26. underbrush
    the brush growing beneath taller trees in a wood or forest
    Gun in hand, he plunged into the underbrush that lined the side of the trail.
  27. midday
    when the morning ends and the afternoon begins
    At midday the sky to the south warmed to rose-colour, and marked where the bulge of the earth intervened between the meridian sun and the northern world.
  28. bedlam
    a state of extreme confusion and disorder
    Cry after cry, and answering cries, were turning the silence into a bedlam.
  29. toil
    work hard
    Down the frozen waterway toiled a string of wolfish dogs.
  30. ingratiate
    gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
    She seemed to smile at him, showing her teeth in an ingratiating rather than a menacing way.
  31. sniff
    perceive by inhaling through the nose
    He tried to sniff noses with her, but she retreated playfully and coyly.
  32. collide
    crash together with violent impact
    They had travelled little more than a hundred yards, when Henry, who was in front, bent down and picked up something with which his snowshoe had collided.
  33. pursuer
    a person who is following and trying to overtake or capture
    The silence was unbroken save by the cries of their pursuers, that, unseen, hung upon their rear.
  34. utilised
    put to use
    There were still several hours of grey daylight and sombre twilight, and he utilised them in chopping an enormous supply of fire-wood.
  35. cringe
    draw back, as with fear, pain, or embarrassment
    The unrest of the dogs had been increasing, and they stampeded, in a surge of sudden fear, to the near side of the fire, cringing and crawling about the legs of the men.
  36. sustenance
    the act of providing a means of subsistence or survival
    Then he would cast a glance of fear at the wolf-circle drawn expectantly about him, and like a blow the realisation would strike him that this wonderful body of his, this living flesh, was no more than so much meat, a quest of ravenous animals, to be torn and slashed by their hungry fangs, to be sustenance to them as the moose and the rabbit had often been sustenance to him.
  37. clump
    a grouping of a number of similar things
    It paused, head up, close by a clump of spruce trees, and with sight and scent studied the outfit of the watching men.
  38. prod
    push against gently
    He studied the nail-formation, and prodded the finger-tips, now sharply, and again softly, gauging the while the nerve-sensations produced.
  39. carnivorous
    relating to flesh-eating animals
    She had snarled as she sprang away, baring her white fangs to their roots, all her wistfulness vanishing, being replaced by a carnivorous malignity that made him shudder.
  40. chide
    censure severely or angrily
    "Say, Henry," he chided gently, "ain't you forgot somethin'?"
  41. intervene
    be placed or located between other things
    At midday the sky to the south warmed to rose-colour, and marked where the bulge of the earth intervened between the meridian sun and the northern world.
  42. mincing
    affectedly dainty or refined
    He slowed down to an alert and mincing walk and then stopped.
  43. crestfallen
    brought low in spirit
    Then he saw Bill, standing amid the dogs, half triumphant, half crestfallen, in one hand a stout club, in the other the tail and part of the body of a sun-cured salmon.
  44. forthright
    directly and without evasion; not roundabout
    They were very lean, mere skin-bags stretched over bony frames, with strings for muscles--so lean that Henry found it in his mind to marvel that they still kept their feet and did not collapse forthright in the snow.
  45. lean
    incline or bend from a vertical position
    The trees had been stripped by a recent wind of their white covering of frost, and they seemed to lean towards each other, black and ominous, in the fading light.
  46. tangle
    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
    With the coming of night in the mid-afternoon, the cries sounded closer as the pursuers drew in according to their custom; and the dogs grew excited and frightened, and were guilty of panics that tangled the traces and further depressed the two men.
  47. quinine
    a bitter alkaloid extracted from chinchona bark
    "What you need is quinine, an' I'm goin' to dose you up stiff as soon as we make McGurry."
  48. writhe
    move in a twisting or contorted motion
    He glanced at the hand that held the brand, noticing the cunning delicacy of the fingers that gripped it, how they adjusted themselves to all the inequalities of the surface, curling over and under and about the rough wood, and one little finger, too close to the burning portion of the brand, sensitively and automatically writhing back from the hurtful heat to a cooler gripping-place; and in the same instant he seemed to see a vision of those same sensitive and delicate fingers being ...
  49. saliva
    a clear liquid secreted by glands in the mouth
    Her mouth opened, the saliva drooled forth, and she licked her chops with the pleasure of anticipation.
  50. settle
    become resolved, fixed, established, or quiet
    Their breath froze in the air as it left their mouths, spouting forth in spumes of vapour that settled upon the hair of their bodies and formed into crystals of frost.
  51. sphinx
    one of a number of large stone statues with the body of a lion and the head of a man that were built by the ancient Egyptians
    There was a hint in it of laughter, but of a laughter more terrible than any sadness--a laughter that was mirthless as the smile of the sphinx, a laughter cold as the frost and partaking of the grimness of infallibility.
  52. certitude
    complete assurance or confidence
    This certitude was shown by the whole pack.
  53. segment
    one of several parts that fit with others to make a whole
    The circle of flame and coals was breaking into segments with openings in between.
  54. fascinate
    attract; cause to be enamored
    It fascinated him, and he grew suddenly fond of this subtle flesh of his that worked so beautifully and smoothly and delicately.
  55. firebrand
    a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning
    The rest of the pack was now up and surging upon him, and a throwing of firebrands right and left was necessary to drive them back to a respectful distance.
  56. besiege
    surround so as to force to give up
    Also, it seemed to him that the fort was besieged by wolves.
  57. mote
    a tiny piece of anything
    It crushed them into the remotest recesses of their own minds, pressing out of them, like juices from the grape, all the false ardours and exaltations and undue self-values of the human soul, until they perceived themselves finite and small, specks and motes, moving with weak cunning and little wisdom amidst the play and inter-play of the great blind elements and forces.
  58. stout
    having rugged physical strength
    It was made of stout birch-bark, and its full surface rested on the snow.
  59. crackle
    make a crackling sound
    The fire crackled.
  60. overpower
    overcome by superior force
    The night was a repetition of the night before, save that the need for sleep was becoming overpowering.
  61. masque
    a party of guests wearing costumes and masks
    This gave them the seeming of ghostly masques, undertakers in a spectral world at the funeral of some ghost.
  62. securely
    in a secure manner; in a manner free from danger
    On the sled, securely lashed, was a long and narrow oblong box.
  63. scaffold
    a temporary arrangement erected around a building
    Chopping down young saplings, he made them cross-bars of a scaffold by lashing them high up to the trunks of standing trees.
  64. rime
    ice crystals forming a white deposit
    Their bristly fur was rimed with frost.
  65. unalterable
    not capable of being changed
    It crushed them with the weight of unending vastness and unalterable decree.
  66. infallibility
    the quality of never making an error
    There was a hint in it of laughter, but of a laughter more terrible than any sadness--a laughter that was mirthless as the smile of the sphinx, a laughter cold as the frost and partaking of the grimness of infallibility.
  67. hue
    the quality of a color determined by its dominant wavelength
    The dominant colour was grey, and yet there was to it a faint reddish hue--a hue that was baffling, that appeared and disappeared, that was more like an illusion of the vision, now grey, distinctly grey, and again giving hints and glints of a vague redness of colour not classifiable in terms of ordinary experience.
  68. dissipate
    cause to separate and go in different directions
    But whatever idea was forming in his mind, was dissipated by the she-wolf, who advanced upon him, sniffed noses with him for a fleeting instant, and then resumed her coy retreat before his renewed advances.
  69. fervid
    characterized by intense emotion
    In the morning Henry was aroused by fervid blasphemy that proceeded from the mouth of Bill.
  70. flame
    combustion of materials producing heat and light and smoke
    As it began to flame up, the circle of eyes drew farther back.
  71. babble
    utter meaningless sounds
    Henry was bending over and adding ice to the babbling pot of beans when he was startled by the sound of a blow, an exclamation from Bill, and a sharp snarling cry of pain from among the dogs.
  72. whistle
    the sound made by something moving rapidly
    "The stick's as clean as a whistle.
  73. facetious
    cleverly amusing in tone
    Bill seemed to have forgotten his forebodings of the previous night, and even waxed facetious with the dogs when, at midday, they overturned the sled on a bad piece of trail.
  74. scorch
    burn slightly and superficially so as to affect color
    From every side the cries arose, and the dogs betrayed their fear by huddling together and so close to the fire that their hair was scorched by the heat.
  75. ravenous
    extremely hungry
    Then he would cast a glance of fear at the wolf-circle drawn expectantly about him, and like a blow the realisation would strike him that this wonderful body of his, this living flesh, was no more than so much meat, a quest of ravenous animals, to be torn and slashed by their hungry fangs, to be sustenance to them as the moose and the rabbit had often been sustenance to him.
  76. cluster
    a grouping of a number of similar things
    At the fall of darkness they swung the dogs into a cluster of spruce trees on the edge of the waterway and made a camp.
  77. futile
    producing no result or effect
    It was just after the sun's futile effort to appear, that Bill slipped the rifle from under the sled-lashings and said: "You keep right on, Henry, I'm goin' to see what I can see."
  78. possessive
    serving to express or indicate the act of having
    And even as he looked, the brute deliberately stretched himself after the manner of a lazy dog, yawning full in his face and looking upon him with a possessive eye, as if, in truth, he were merely a delayed meal that was soon to be eaten.
  79. spectral
    resembling or characteristic of a phantom
    This gave them the seeming of ghostly masques, undertakers in a spectral world at the funeral of some ghost.
  80. coy
    affectedly shy especially in a playful or provocative way
    But whatever idea was forming in his mind, was dissipated by the she-wolf, who advanced upon him, sniffed noses with him for a fleeting instant, and then resumed her coy retreat before his renewed advances.
  81. bespoke
    custom-made
    He recognised One Ear's yell of pain and terror, and he heard a wolf-cry that bespoke a stricken animal.
  82. cunning
    showing inventiveness and skill
    It crushed them into the remotest recesses of their own minds, pressing out of them, like juices from the grape, all the false ardours and exaltations and undue self-values of the human soul, until they perceived themselves finite and small, specks and motes, moving with weak cunning and little wisdom amidst the play and inter-play of the great blind elements and forces.
  83. decoy
    something used to lure fish or other animals
    She's the decoy for the pack.
  84. studied
    produced or marked by conscious design or premeditation
    When they halted, it halted, throwing up its head and regarding them steadily with nostrils that twitched as it caught and studied the scent of them.
  85. evince
    give expression to
    The wolf-dogs, clustered on the far side of the fire, snarled and bickered among themselves, but evinced no inclination to stray off into the darkness.
  86. spring
    move forward by leaps and bounds
    "I wisht they'd spring up a bunch of moose or something, an' go away an' leave us alone," Bill said.
  87. baffle
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    The dominant colour was grey, and yet there was to it a faint reddish hue--a hue that was baffling, that appeared and disappeared, that was more like an illusion of the vision, now grey, distinctly grey, and again giving hints and glints of a vague redness of colour not classifiable in terms of ordinary experience.
  88. intonation
    the act of singing in a monotonous tone
    Henry grunted with an intonation that was not all sympathy, and for a quarter of an hour they sat on in silence, Henry staring at the fire, and Bill at the circle of eyes that burned in the darkness just beyond the firelight.
  89. eyelash
    any of the short curved hairs that grow from the edges of the eyelids
    Eyelashes and cheeks and lips were so coated with the crystals from their frozen breath that their faces were not discernible.
  90. wild
    in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated
    It was the Wild, the savage, frozen-hearted Northland Wild.
  91. frantic
    marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
    One Ear was uttering quick, eager whines, lunging at the length of his stick toward the darkness, and desisting now and again in order to make frantic attacks on the stick with his teeth.
  92. sapling
    young tree
    Chopping down young saplings, he made them cross-bars of a scaffold by lashing them high up to the trunks of standing trees.
  93. persist
    refuse to stop
    It soared upward with a swift rush, till it reached its topmost note, where it persisted, palpitant and tense, and then slowly died away.
  94. stampede
    a wild headlong rush of frightened animals
    The unrest of the dogs had been increasing, and they stampeded, in a surge of sudden fear, to the near side of the fire, cringing and crawling about the legs of the men.
  95. prop
    a support placed beneath or against something to keep it from shaking or falling
    He shook his fist angrily at the gleaming eyes, and began securely to prop his moccasins before the fire.
  96. bounce
    spring back; spring away from an impact
    He flung it back, so that it struck the sled and bounced along until it fetched up on Bill's snowshoes.
  97. loll
    be lazy or idle
    The wolves were now more open in their pursuit, trotting sedately behind and ranging along on either side, their red tongues lolling out, their lean sides showing the undulating ribs with every movement.
  98. puny
    of inferior size
    But under it all they were men, penetrating the land of desolation and mockery and silence, puny adventurers bent on colossal adventure, pitting themselves against the might of a world as remote and alien and pulseless as the abysses of space.
  99. haunch
    the upper part of the leg of an animal, often used for food
    One by one the wolves joined her, till the whole pack, on haunches, with noses pointed skyward, was howling its hunger cry.
  100. discernible
    perceptible by the senses or intellect
    Eyelashes and cheeks and lips were so coated with the crystals from their frozen breath that their faces were not discernible.
  101. trace
    an indication that something has been present
    Leather harness was on the dogs, and leather traces attached them to a sled which dragged along behind.
  102. bicker
    argue over petty things
    The wolf-dogs, clustered on the far side of the fire, snarled and bickered among themselves, but evinced no inclination to stray off into the darkness.
  103. third person
    pronouns and verbs that are used to refer to something other than the speaker or addressee of the language in which they occur
    He indicated the third person by a downward thrust of the thumb to the box on which they sat.
  104. rout
    an overwhelming defeat
    In the morning it was Henry who awoke first and routed his companion out of bed.
  105. hint
    an indirect suggestion
    There was a hint in it of laughter, but of a laughter more terrible than any sadness--a laughter that was mirthless as the smile of the sphinx, a laughter cold as the frost and partaking of the grimness of infallibility.
  106. dictum
    an authoritative declaration
    It freezes the water to prevent it running to the sea; it drives the sap out of the trees till they are frozen to their mighty hearts; and most ferociously and terribly of all does the Wild harry and crush into submission man--man who is the most restless of life, ever in revolt against the dictum that all movement must in the end come to the cessation of movement.
  107. factor
    anything that contributes causally to a result
    It was warm and comfortable, and he was playing cribbage with the Factor.
  108. little finger
    the finger farthest from the thumb
    He glanced at the hand that held the brand, noticing the cunning delicacy of the fingers that gripped it, how they adjusted themselves to all the inequalities of the surface, curling over and under and about the rough wood, and one little finger, too close to the burning portion of the brand, sensitively and automatically writhing back from the hurtful heat to a cooler gripping-place; and in the same instant he seemed to see a vision of those same sensitive and delicate fingers being ...
  109. moccasin
    soft leather shoe; originally worn by Native Americans
    He shook his fist angrily at the gleaming eyes, and began securely to prop his moccasins before the fire.
  110. salient
    conspicuous, prominent, or important
    He looked over the remainder of the team with a speculative eye that summed up instantly the salient traits of each animal.
  111. dozen
    the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
    Then, approaching at right angles to the trail and cutting off his retreat they saw a dozen wolves, lean and grey, bounding across the snow.
  112. glance
    take a brief look at
    Henry stopped eating to glance across the fire and count the dogs.
  113. sound
    mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium
    Both men located the sound.
  114. narrow
    not wide
    On the sled, securely lashed, was a long and narrow oblong box.
  115. pervade
    spread or diffuse through
    A flush of angry blood pervaded Bill's face.
  116. resume
    take up or begin anew
    But whatever idea was forming in his mind, was dissipated by the she-wolf, who advanced upon him, sniffed noses with him for a fleeting instant, and then resumed her coy retreat before his renewed advances.
  117. tame
    brought from wildness into a domesticated state
    "Must be a tame wolf, I reckon."
  118. finite
    bounded in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent
    It crushed them into the remotest recesses of their own minds, pressing out of them, like juices from the grape, all the false ardours and exaltations and undue self-values of the human soul, until they perceived themselves finite and small, specks and motes, moving with weak cunning and little wisdom amidst the play and inter-play of the great blind elements and forces.
  119. backbone
    the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord
    Their ribs is like wash-boards, an' their stomachs is right up against their backbones.
  120. replace
    put something back where it belongs
    "I might have knowed it," Bill chided himself aloud as he replaced the gun.
  121. remote
    located far away spatially
    But under it all they were men, penetrating the land of desolation and mockery and silence, puny adventurers bent on colossal adventure, pitting themselves against the might of a world as remote and alien and pulseless as the abysses of space.
  122. cautious
    showing careful forethought
    As he neared her, he became suddenly cautious.
  123. elevate
    raise from a lower to a higher position
    "Go on," Henry pleaded, elevating the pot.
  124. wail
    a cry of sorrow and grief
    It might have been a lost soul wailing, had it not been invested with a certain sad fierceness and hungry eagerness.
  125. indomitable
    impossible to subdue
    But at front and rear, unawed and indomitable, toiled the two men who were not yet dead.
  126. bend
    form a curve
    But under it all they were men, penetrating the land of desolation and mockery and silence, puny adventurers bent on colossal adventure, pitting themselves against the might of a world as remote and alien and pulseless as the abysses of space.
  127. betray
    deliver to an enemy by treachery
    From every side the cries arose, and the dogs betrayed their fear by huddling together and so close to the fire that their hair was scorched by the heat.
  128. spasm
    a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
    A spasm of fear went through him.
  129. diagnosis
    identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon
    Bill grunted his disagreement with the diagnosis, and lapsed into silence.
  130. blasphemy
    profane language
    In the morning Henry was aroused by fervid blasphemy that proceeded from the mouth of Bill.
  131. alert
    warn or arouse to a sense of danger
    He slowed down to an alert and mincing walk and then stopped.
  132. ammunition
    projectiles to be fired from a gun
    "Henry, it's a blame misfortune to be out of ammunition."
  133. stumble
    miss a step and fall or nearly fall
    As he gave up and stumbled inside his circle, a wolf leaped for him, missed, and landed with all four feet in the coals.
  134. efficacy
    capacity or power to produce a desired effect
    The snarling of his dogs was losing its efficacy.
  135. pine
    a coniferous tree
    But this time, before he dozed again, he tied a burning pine-knot to his right hand.
  136. meridian
    an imaginary great circle on the surface of the earth
    At midday the sky to the south warmed to rose-colour, and marked where the bulge of the earth intervened between the meridian sun and the northern world.
  137. tangible
    perceptible by the senses, especially the sense of touch
    On every side was the silence, pressing upon them with a tangible presence.
  138. scroll
    a document that can be rolled up (as for storage)
    The front end of the sled was turned up, like a scroll, in order to force down and under the bore of soft snow that surged like a wave before it.
  139. drowsy
    half asleep
    Besides, they were snarling all the time, and his benumbed and drowsy senses no longer took note of changing pitch and intensity.
  140. regain
    get or find back; recover the use of
    With a snarl she sprang upon One Ear. He thrust her off with his shoulder, and, his retreat cut off and still intent on regaining the sled, he altered his course in an attempt to circle around to it.
  141. flutter
    flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements
    Henry thought long over it before he went to sleep, and as his eyelids fluttered down and he dozed off, the thought in his mind was: "There's no mistakin' it, Bill's almighty blue.
  142. locate
    determine the place of by searching or examining
    Both men located the sound.
  143. settled
    established in a desired position or place; not moving about
    Their breath froze in the air as it left their mouths, spouting forth in spumes of vapour that settled upon the hair of their bodies and formed into crystals of frost.
  144. right angle
    the 90 degree angle between two perpendicular lines
    Then, approaching at right angles to the trail and cutting off his retreat they saw a dozen wolves, lean and grey, bounding across the snow.
  145. admonish
    scold or reprimand; take to task
    "You needn't stray off too far in doin' it," his partner admonished.
  146. instant
    a very short time
    For in that instant the she-wolf leaped sidewise from the trail into the clump of spruce trees and disappeared.
  147. desist
    choose not to consume
    One Ear was uttering quick, eager whines, lunging at the length of his stick toward the darkness, and desisting now and again in order to make frantic attacks on the stick with his teeth.
  148. cessation
    a stopping
    It freezes the water to prevent it running to the sea; it drives the sap out of the trees till they are frozen to their mighty hearts; and most ferociously and terribly of all does the Wild harry and crush into submission man--man who is the most restless of life, ever in revolt against the dictum that all movement must in the end come to the cessation of movement.
  149. adhere
    stick to firmly
    For several hours he adhered to this programme.
  150. edge
    a line determining the limits of an area
    At the fall of darkness they swung the dogs into a cluster of spruce trees on the edge of the waterway and made a camp.
  151. foreboding
    a feeling of evil to come
    Bill seemed to have forgotten his forebodings of the previous night, and even waxed facetious with the dogs when, at midday, they overturned the sled on a bad piece of trail.
  152. conclude
    bring to a close
    "You're right, Bill," he concluded.
  153. scatter
    cause to separate and go in different directions
    "They're scattered an' rangin' along wide," he said: "keeping up with us an' lookin' for game at the same time.
  154. blister
    an elevation of the skin filled with fluid
    His face was blistering in the heat, his eyebrows and lashes were singed off, and the heat was becoming unbearable to his feet.
  155. digestion
    the process by which the body breaks down food
    "Ain't thinkin' it'll hurt my digestion?"
  156. traverse
    travel across or pass over
    It was to the rear, somewhere in the snow expanse they had just traversed.
  157. wistful
    showing pensive sadness
    It looked at them in a strangely wistful way, after the manner of a dog; but in its wistfulness there was none of the dog affection.
  158. eager
    having or showing keen interest or intense desire
    One Ear was uttering quick, eager whines, lunging at the length of his stick toward the darkness, and desisting now and again in order to make frantic attacks on the stick with his teeth.
  159. pall
    burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped
    The grey light of day that remained lasted until three o'clock, when it, too, faded, and the pall of the Arctic night descended upon the lone and silent land.
  160. protract
    lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
    His two dogs were missing, and he well knew that they had served as a course in the protracted meal which had begun days before with Fatty, the last course of which would likely be himself in the days to follow.
  161. emit
    give off, send forth, or discharge
    A few minutes later, Henry, who was now travelling behind the sled, emitted a low, warning whistle.
  162. sight
    the ability to see; the visual faculty
    "I'd a blame sight sooner think that than anything else.
  163. vapour
    a visible suspension in the air of particles of some substance
    Their breath froze in the air as it left their mouths, spouting forth in spumes of vapour that settled upon the hair of their bodies and formed into crystals of frost.
  164. tenure
    the term during which some position is held
    Never had he been so fond of this body of his as now when his tenure of it was so precarious.
  165. scoop
    the shovel or bucket of a dredge or backhoe
    His stout mittens temporarily protected his hands, and he scooped live coals into the air in all directions, until the campfire took on the semblance of a volcano.
  166. arrogance
    overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner
    They remained in a circle about him and his fire, displaying an arrogance of possession that shook his courage born of the morning light.
  167. precarious
    not secure; beset with difficulties
    Never had he been so fond of this body of his as now when his tenure of it was so precarious.
  168. semblance
    an outward appearance that is deliberately misleading
    His stout mittens temporarily protected his hands, and he scooped live coals into the air in all directions, until the campfire took on the semblance of a volcano.
  169. acknowledge
    declare to be true or admit the existence or reality of
    "They did cut up more'n usual," Henry acknowledged.
  170. haggard
    showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
    Morning found the man haggard and worn, wide-eyed from want of sleep.
  171. intruder
    someone who enters a place or situation without permission
    One Ear strained the full length of the stick toward the intruder and whined with eagerness.
  172. Arctic
    the regions to the north of the Arctic Circle centered on the North Pole
    The grey light of day that remained lasted until three o'clock, when it, too, faded, and the pall of the Arctic night descended upon the lone and silent land.
  173. distorted
    so badly formed or out of shape as to be ugly
    Henry propped himself up on an elbow and looked to see his comrade standing among the dogs beside the replenished fire, his arms raised in objurgation, his face distorted with passion.
  174. land
    the solid part of the earth's surface
    A vast silence reigned over the land.
  175. acknowledged
    recognized or made known or admitted
    "They did cut up more'n usual," Henry acknowledged.
  176. blame
    an accusation that one is responsible for some misdeed
    "I'd a blame sight sooner think that than anything else.
  177. gait
    a horse's manner of moving
    Its nose was to the trail, and it trotted with a peculiar, sliding, effortless gait.
  178. pierce
    penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
    A second cry arose, piercing the silence with needle-like shrillness.
  179. sap
    a watery solution in the vascular system of a plant
    It freezes the water to prevent it running to the sea; it drives the sap out of the trees till they are frozen to their mighty hearts; and most ferociously and terribly of all does the Wild harry and crush into submission man--man who is the most restless of life, ever in revolt against the dictum that all movement must in the end come to the cessation of movement.
  180. automatically
    in a mechanical manner; by a mechanism
    He glanced at the hand that held the brand, noticing the cunning delicacy of the fingers that gripped it, how they adjusted themselves to all the inequalities of the surface, curling over and under and about the rough wood, and one little finger, too close to the burning portion of the brand, sensitively and automatically writhing back from the hurtful heat to a cooler gripping-place; and in the same instant he seemed to see a vision of those same sensitive and delicate fingers being ...
  181. bent
    stooped (used of the back and knees)
    But under it all they were men, penetrating the land of desolation and mockery and silence, puny adventurers bent on colossal adventure, pitting themselves against the might of a world as remote and alien and pulseless as the abysses of space.
  182. colossal
    so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe
    But under it all they were men, penetrating the land of desolation and mockery and silence, puny adventurers bent on colossal adventure, pitting themselves against the might of a world as remote and alien and pulseless as the abysses of space.
  183. terror
    an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
    So near did the wolves approach, that the dogs became frantic with terror, and it was necessary to replenish the fire from time to time in order to keep the adventurous marauders at safer distance.
  184. expanse
    a wide and open space or area as of surface or land or sky
    It was to the rear, somewhere in the snow expanse they had just traversed.
  185. horizon
    the line at which the sky and Earth appear to meet
    At twelve o'clock the southern horizon was warmed by the unseen sun; and then began the cold grey of afternoon that would merge, three hours later, into night.
  186. vision
    the ability to see
    The dominant colour was grey, and yet there was to it a faint reddish hue--a hue that was baffling, that appeared and disappeared, that was more like an illusion of the vision, now grey, distinctly grey, and again giving hints and glints of a vague redness of colour not classifiable in terms of ordinary experience.
  187. accompaniment
    a musical part that supports other musical parts
    In the morning Henry renewed the fire and cooked breakfast to the accompaniment of his partner's snoring.
  188. volcano
    a fissure in the earth's crust through which gases erupt
    His stout mittens temporarily protected his hands, and he scooped live coals into the air in all directions, until the campfire took on the semblance of a volcano.
  189. gaunt
    very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
    It was large for a wolf, its gaunt frame advertising the lines of an animal that was among the largest of its kind.
  190. muscle
    animal tissue consisting predominantly of contractile cells
    They were very lean, mere skin-bags stretched over bony frames, with strings for muscles--so lean that Henry found it in his mind to marvel that they still kept their feet and did not collapse forthright in the snow.
  191. abyss
    a bottomless gulf or pit
    But under it all they were men, penetrating the land of desolation and mockery and silence, puny adventurers bent on colossal adventure, pitting themselves against the might of a world as remote and alien and pulseless as the abysses of space.
  192. tangled
    in a confused mass
    With the coming of night in the mid-afternoon, the cries sounded closer as the pursuers drew in according to their custom; and the dogs grew excited and frightened, and were guilty of panics that tangled the traces and further depressed the two men.
  193. vain
    having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    It was vain to think of One Ear so outdistancing his pursuers as to be able to cut across their circle in advance of them and to regain the sled.
  194. track
    a line or route along which something travels or moves
    "An' so, when I saw it run off across the snow, I looked in the snow an' saw its tracks.
  195. squat
    sit on one's heels
    Henry, squatting over the fire and settling the pot of coffee with a piece of ice, nodded.
  196. burst
    come open suddenly and violently
    "Shut up your wishin' and your croakin'," Henry burst out angrily.
  197. adjusted
    altered to accommodate to certain requirements
    He glanced at the hand that held the brand, noticing the cunning delicacy of the fingers that gripped it, how they adjusted themselves to all the inequalities of the surface, curling over and under and about the rough wood, and one little finger, too close to the burning portion of the brand, sensitively and automatically writhing back from the hurtful heat to a cooler gripping-place; and in the same instant he seemed to see a vision of those same sensitive and delicate fingers being ...
  198. trunk
    the main stem of a tree
    The sled was upside down and jammed between a tree- trunk and a huge rock, and they were forced to unharness the dogs in order to straighten out the tangle.
  199. distort
    twist and press out of shape
    Henry propped himself up on an elbow and looked to see his comrade standing among the dogs beside the replenished fire, his arms raised in objurgation, his face distorted with passion.
  200. starve
    die of food deprivation
    Not only were the starving wolves growing bolder, but lack of sleep was telling upon Henry.
  201. response
    the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
    "You're botherin' too much, Bill," came the sleepy response.
  202. display
    something intended to communicate a particular impression
    Henry rolled over angrily on his side, but was surprised that Bill made no similar display of temper.
  203. misfortune
    a state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
    "Henry, it's a blame misfortune to be out of ammunition."
  204. sensation
    an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation
    He studied the nail-formation, and prodded the finger-tips, now sharply, and again softly, gauging the while the nerve- sensations produced.
  205. digest
    convert food into absorbable substances
    "Well, Spanker's troubles is over anyway; I guess he's digested by this time an' cavortin' over the landscape in the bellies of twenty different wolves," was Henry's epitaph on this, the latest lost dog.
  206. cease
    put an end to a state or an activity
    Conversation ceased.
  207. lapse
    drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards
    Bill grunted his disagreement with the diagnosis, and lapsed into silence.
  208. club
    a formal association of people with similar interests
    "Couldn't drive 'em away from the fire with a club," Bill agreed.
  209. stretch
    extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
    They were very lean, mere skin-bags stretched over bony frames, with strings for muscles--so lean that Henry found it in his mind to marvel that they still kept their feet and did not collapse forthright in the snow.
  210. inter
    place in a grave or tomb
    It crushed them into the remotest recesses of their own minds, pressing out of them, like juices from the grape, all the false ardours and exaltations and undue self-values of the human soul, until they perceived themselves finite and small, specks and motes, moving with weak cunning and little wisdom amidst the play and inter-play of the great blind elements and forces.
  211. team
    a cooperative unit
    He looked over the remainder of the team with a speculative eye that summed up instantly the salient traits of each animal.
  212. utter
    without qualification
    There was no suggestion of form in the utter blackness; only could be seen a pair of eyes gleaming like live coals.
  213. ominous
    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
    The trees had been stripped by a recent wind of their white covering of frost, and they seemed to lean towards each other, black and ominous, in the fading light.
  214. length
    the linear extent in space from one end to the other
    To this, and so close to the neck that the dog could not get his teeth to it, he had tied a stout stick four or five feet in length.
  215. flit
    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
    Once, as though a warning had in vague ways flitted through his intelligence, he turned his head and looked back at the overturned sled, at his team-mates, and at the two men who were calling to him.
  216. moment
    an indefinitely short time
    " Bill stopped for a moment, in order that his words might gain greater significance.
  217. mechanism
    device consisting of a piece of machinery
    He watched his moving muscles and was interested in the cunning mechanism of his fingers.
  218. dominant
    most frequent or common
    The dominant colour was grey, and yet there was to it a faint reddish hue--a hue that was baffling, that appeared and disappeared, that was more like an illusion of the vision, now grey, distinctly grey, and again giving hints and glints of a vague redness of colour not classifiable in terms of ordinary experience.
  219. desperate
    a person who is frightened and in need of help
    They're pretty desperate, I can tell you.
  220. rouse
    cause to become awake or conscious
    "I hadn't the heart to rouse you."
  221. approach
    move towards
    So near did the wolves approach, that the dogs became frantic with terror, and it was necessary to replenish the fire from time to time in order to keep the adventurous marauders at safer distance.
  222. pursuit
    the act of following in an effort to overtake or capture
    Taking the sled as the centre of the circle that One Ear was making, Bill planned to tap that circle at a point in advance of the pursuit.
  223. depressed
    filled with melancholy and despondency
    With the coming of night in the mid-afternoon, the cries sounded closer as the pursuers drew in according to their custom; and the dogs grew excited and frightened, and were guilty of panics that tangled the traces and further depressed the two men.
  224. apparent
    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
    His voice sounded hoarse and unreal, and he had spoken with apparent effort.
  225. pause
    cease an action temporarily
    It paused, head up, close by a clump of spruce trees, and with sight and scent studied the outfit of the watching men.
  226. imitate
    reproduce someone's behavior or looks
    "Look here, Henry," Bill said, unconsciously lowering his voice to a whisper because of what he imitated.
  227. remaining
    not used up
    A gloomy breakfast was eaten, and the four remaining dogs were harnessed to the sled.
  228. comment
    a statement that expresses a personal opinion
    "Seems to me, Henry, they're stayin' remarkable close to camp," Bill commented.
  229. temporarily
    for a limited time only; not permanently
    His stout mittens temporarily protected his hands, and he scooped live coals into the air in all directions, until the campfire took on the semblance of a volcano.
  230. retiring
    of a person who has held and relinquished a position
    On every side, wherever the live coals had fallen, the snow was sizzling, and every little while a retiring wolf, with wild leap and snort and snarl, announced that one such live coal had been stepped upon.
  231. ignore
    refuse to acknowledge
    But Bill ignored him.
  232. whisper
    speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
    "Look at that, Bill," Henry whispered.
  233. anticipation
    the act of predicting, as by reasoning about the future
    Her mouth opened, the saliva drooled forth, and she licked her chops with the pleasure of anticipation.
  234. ranging
    wandering freely
    The wolves were now more open in their pursuit, trotting sedately behind and ranging along on either side, their red tongues lolling out, their lean sides showing the undulating ribs with every movement.
  235. relaxed
    without strain or anxiety
    His shoulders, relaxed and drooping, and his head on his knees advertised that he had given up the struggle.
  236. collapse
    break down, literally or metaphorically
    They were very lean, mere skin-bags stretched over bony frames, with strings for muscles--so lean that Henry found it in his mind to marvel that they still kept their feet and did not collapse forthright in the snow.
  237. penetrate
    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
    But under it all they were men, penetrating the land of desolation and mockery and silence, puny adventurers bent on colossal adventure, pitting themselves against the might of a world as remote and alien and pulseless as the abysses of space.
  238. yard
    enclosed land around a house or other building
    They had travelled little more than a hundred yards, when Henry, who was in front, bent down and picked up something with which his snowshoe had collided.
  239. menace
    something that is a source of danger
    She seemed to smile at him, showing her teeth in an ingratiating rather than a menacing way.
  240. lighting
    having abundant light or illumination
    Bill threw on more wood, before lighting his pipe.
  241. diminished
    made to seem smaller or less, especially in worth
    These openings grew in size, the segments diminished.
  242. rope
    a strong line
    He passed a rope over his shoulder, a man-trace, and pulled with the dogs.
  243. query
    an instance of questioning
    Henry queried.
  244. tense
    taut or rigid; stretched tight
    It soared upward with a swift rush, till it reached its topmost note, where it persisted, palpitant and tense, and then slowly died away.
  245. hoist
    raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
    Using the sled-lashing for a heaving rope, and with the aid of the dogs, he hoisted the coffin to the top of the scaffold.
  246. observe
    watch attentively
    It moved with commingled mistrust and daring, cautiously observing the men, its attention fixed on the dogs.
  247. shelter
    covering that provides protection from the weather
    He straightened up in time to see a dim form disappearing across the snow into the shelter of the dark.
  248. dose
    a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time
    "What you need is quinine, an' I'm goin' to dose you up stiff as soon as we make McGurry."
  249. located
    situated in a particular spot or position
    Both men located the sound.
  250. lure
    provoke someone to do something through persuasion
    Step by step she was luring him away from the security of his human companionship.
  251. fell
    cause to go down by or as if by delivering a blow
    A log fell apart with a loud spluttering noise.
  252. ignored
    disregarded
    But Bill ignored him.
  253. wave
    (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth
    The front end of the sled was turned up, like a scroll, in order to force down and under the bore of soft snow that surged like a wave before it.
  254. plunge
    dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity
    Gun in hand, he plunged into the underbrush that lined the side of the trail.
  255. despite
    contemptuous disregard
    He dozed despite himself, crouching by the fire, the blankets about his shoulders, the axe between his knees, and on either side a dog pressing close against him.
  256. submission
    the act of surrendering power to another
    It freezes the water to prevent it running to the sea; it drives the sap out of the trees till they are frozen to their mighty hearts; and most ferociously and terribly of all does the Wild harry and crush into submission man--man who is the most restless of life, ever in revolt against the dictum that all movement must in the end come to the cessation of movement.
  257. wake
    stop sleeping
    Once their uproar became so loud that Bill woke up.
  258. accompanied
    having companions or an escort
    Every advance on his part was accompanied by a corresponding retreat on her part.
  259. ripe
    fully developed or matured and ready to be eaten or used
    "He might have lived to a ripe old age if he'd stayed at home," Henry agreed.
  260. remain
    continue in a place, position, or situation
    The grey light of day that remained lasted until three o'clock, when it, too, faded, and the pall of the Arctic night descended upon the lone and silent land.
  261. corresponding
    similar especially in position or purpose
    Every advance on his part was accompanied by a corresponding retreat on her part.
  262. intensity
    high level or degree
    Besides, they were snarling all the time, and his benumbed and drowsy senses no longer took note of changing pitch and intensity.
  263. quest
    the act of searching for something
    Then he would cast a glance of fear at the wolf-circle drawn expectantly about him, and like a blow the realisation would strike him that this wonderful body of his, this living flesh, was no more than so much meat, a quest of ravenous animals, to be torn and slashed by their hungry fangs, to be sustenance to them as the moose and the rabbit had often been sustenance to him.
  264. pasture
    a field covered with grass and suitable for grazing
    I shot it out of the pack in a moose pasture over 'on Little Stick.
  265. appreciation
    understanding of the nature or meaning of something
    As he piled wood on the fire he discovered an appreciation of his own body which he had never felt before.
  266. continuous
    moving in time or space without interruption
    But this circle had a continuous tendency to draw in upon him.
  267. bough
    any of the larger branches of a tree
    Bill had finished his pipe and was helping his companion to spread the bed of fur and blanket upon the spruce boughs which he had laid over the snow before supper.
  268. remark
    make or write a comment on
    "They jes' know we ain't loaded to kill," Henry remarked at bed-time, indicating the gleaming circle that hemmed them in.
  269. delicacy
    the quality of being exquisitely fine in appearance
    He glanced at the hand that held the brand, noticing the cunning delicacy of the fingers that gripped it, how they adjusted themselves to all the inequalities of the surface, curling over and under and about the rough wood, and one little finger, too close to the burning portion of the brand, sensitively and automatically writhing back from the hurtful heat to a cooler gripping-place; and in the same instant he seemed to see a vision of those same sensitive and delicate fingers being ...
  270. crook
    a long staff with one end being hook shaped
    By the light of the fire he crooked his fingers slowly and repeatedly now one at a time, now all together, spreading them wide or making quick gripping movements.
  271. soar
    rise rapidly
    It soared upward with a swift rush, till it reached its topmost note, where it persisted, palpitant and tense, and then slowly died away.
  272. awkward
    lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance
    It was an awkward mix-up.
  273. empty
    holding or containing nothing
    He noticed that his cup was empty and started to reach for the pot.
  274. raise
    move upwards
    Henry propped himself up on an elbow and looked to see his comrade standing among the dogs beside the replenished fire, his arms raised in objurgation, his face distorted with passion.
  275. depress
    push down
    With the coming of night in the mid-afternoon, the cries sounded closer as the pursuers drew in according to their custom; and the dogs grew excited and frightened, and were guilty of panics that tangled the traces and further depressed the two men.
  276. adjust
    alter or regulate so as to conform to a standard
    He glanced at the hand that held the brand, noticing the cunning delicacy of the fingers that gripped it, how they adjusted themselves to all the inequalities of the surface, curling over and under and about the rough wood, and one little finger, too close to the burning portion of the brand, sensitively and automatically writhing back from the hurtful heat to a cooler gripping-place; and in the same instant he seemed to see a vision of those same sensitive and delicate fingers being ...
  277. awe
    an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration
    With his rifle, in the broad daylight, it might be possible for him to awe the wolves and save the dog.
  278. affirm
    declare solemnly and formally as true
    "You jes' bet they will," Bill affirmed.
  279. marvel
    be amazed at
    They were very lean, mere skin-bags stretched over bony frames, with strings for muscles--so lean that Henry found it in his mind to marvel that they still kept their feet and did not collapse forthright in the snow.
  280. range
    a variety of different things or activities
    The wolves were now more open in their pursuit, trotting sedately behind and ranging along on either side, their red tongues lolling out, their lean sides showing the undulating ribs with every movement.
  281. illusion
    an erroneous mental representation
    The dominant colour was grey, and yet there was to it a faint reddish hue--a hue that was baffling, that appeared and disappeared, that was more like an illusion of the vision, now grey, distinctly grey, and again giving hints and glints of a vague redness of colour not classifiable in terms of ordinary experience.
  282. deny
    declare untrue; contradict
    Here and there he could see one curled up in the snow like a dog, taking the sleep that was now denied himself.
  283. anxious
    causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
    "Then it's jes' warm an' anxious I am to be hearin' you explain yourself," he said.
  284. stare
    look at with fixed eyes
    Henry grunted with an intonation that was not all sympathy, and for a quarter of an hour they sat on in silence, Henry staring at the fire, and Bill at the circle of eyes that burned in the darkness just beyond the firelight.
  285. afford
    have the financial means to do something or buy something
    "Long-distance funerals is somethin' you an' me can't exactly afford."
  286. struggle
    strenuous effort
    On the sled, in the box, lay a third man whose toil was over,--a man whom the Wild had conquered and beaten down until he would never move nor struggle again.
  287. relax
    make less taut
    His shoulders, relaxed and drooping, and his head on his knees advertised that he had given up the struggle.
  288. task
    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
    "There, that'll fix you fool critters," Bill said with satisfaction that night, standing erect at completion of his task.
  289. affect
    have an influence upon
    It affected their minds as the many atmospheres of deep water affect the body of the diver.
  290. wax
    substance solid at normal temperature and insoluble in water
    Bill seemed to have forgotten his forebodings of the previous night, and even waxed facetious with the dogs when, at midday, they overturned the sled on a bad piece of trail.
  291. altered
    changed in form or character without becoming something else
    With a snarl she sprang upon One Ear. He thrust her off with his shoulder, and, his retreat cut off and still intent on regaining the sled, he altered his course in an attempt to circle around to it.
  292. surface
    the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer
    It was made of stout birch-bark, and its full surface rested on the snow.
  293. pan
    shallow container made of metal
    There were other things on the sled--blankets, an axe, and a coffee-pot and frying- pan; but prominent, occupying most of the space, was the long and narrow oblong box.
  294. accompany
    go or travel along with
    Every advance on his part was accompanied by a corresponding retreat on her part.
  295. solitude
    a state of social isolation
    Henry made no reply, and plodded on alone, though often he cast anxious glances back into the grey solitude where his partner had disappeared.
  296. subtle
    difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
    It fascinated him, and he grew suddenly fond of this subtle flesh of his that worked so beautifully and smoothly and delicately.
  297. remainder
    something left after other parts have been taken away
    He looked over the remainder of the team with a speculative eye that summed up instantly the salient traits of each animal.
  298. attempt
    make an effort
    With a snarl she sprang upon One Ear. He thrust her off with his shoulder, and, his retreat cut off and still intent on regaining the sled, he altered his course in an attempt to circle around to it.
  299. access
    the right to enter
    Hitherto they had been denied access to the fire, and they now settled down in a close-drawn circle, like so many dogs, blinking and yawning and stretching their lean bodies in the unaccustomed warmth.
  300. inclination
    the act of bending forward
    The wolf-dogs, clustered on the far side of the fire, snarled and bickered among themselves, but evinced no inclination to stray off into the darkness.
  301. significance
    the quality of being important
    " Bill stopped for a moment, in order that his words might gain greater significance.
  302. increase
    a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous
    The unrest of the dogs had been increasing, and they stampeded, in a surge of sudden fear, to the near side of the fire, cringing and crawling about the legs of the men.
  303. extend
    stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope
    He spent half the day extending his campfire to the tree, at any moment a half dozen burning faggots ready at hand to fling at his enemies.
  304. chorus
    actors who comment on the action in a classical Greek play
    At such moments, when his dogs snarled, the whole circle would be agitated, the wolves coming to their feet and pressing tentatively forward, a chorus of snarls and eager yelps rising about him.
  305. retire
    withdraw from active participation
    On every side, wherever the live coals had fallen, the snow was sizzling, and every little while a retiring wolf, with wild leap and snort and snarl, announced that one such live coal had been stepped upon.
  306. retort
    a quick reply to a question or remark
    "They've half got you a'ready, a-talkin' like that," Henry retorted sharply.
  307. warn
    notify of danger, potential harm, or risk
    A few minutes later, Henry, who was now travelling behind the sled, emitted a low, warning whistle.
  308. pursue
    follow in an effort to capture
    Together they watched the strange animal that had pursued them for days and that had already accomplished the destruction of half their dog-team.
  309. decree
    a legally binding command or decision
    It crushed them with the weight of unending vastness and unalterable decree.
  310. seize
    take hold of; grab
    Then he would seize brands from the fire and hurl them into the pack.
  311. missile
    a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a target
    But even as he reached, and before his fingers had closed on the missile, she sprang back into safety; and he knew that she was used to having things thrown at her.
  312. sensitive
    responsive to physical stimuli
    He glanced at the hand that held the brand, noticing the cunning delicacy of the fingers that gripped it, how they adjusted themselves to all the inequalities of the surface, curling over and under and about the rough wood, and one little finger, too close to the burning portion of the brand, sensitively and automatically writhing back from the hurtful heat to a cooler gripping-place; and in the same instant he seemed to see a vision of those same sensitive and delicate fingers being ...
  313. diminish
    decrease in size, extent, or range
    These openings grew in size, the segments diminished.
  314. landscape
    an expanse of scenery that can be seen in a single view
    "Well, Spanker's troubles is over anyway; I guess he's digested by this time an' cavortin' over the landscape in the bellies of twenty different wolves," was Henry's epitaph on this, the latest lost dog.
  315. frown
    a facial expression of dislike or displeasure
    WHITE FANG PART I CHAPTER I--THE TRAIL OF THE MEAT Dark spruce forest frowned on either side the frozen waterway.
  316. invest
    lay out money or resources in an enterprise
    It might have been a lost soul wailing, had it not been invested with a certain sad fierceness and hungry eagerness.
  317. prominent
    conspicuous in position or importance
    There were other things on the sled--blankets, an axe, and a coffee-pot and frying-pan; but prominent, occupying most of the space, was the long and narrow oblong box.
  318. angle
    the space between two lines or planes that intersect
    Then, approaching at right angles to the trail and cutting off his retreat they saw a dozen wolves, lean and grey, bounding across the snow.
  319. course
    a connected series of events or actions or developments
    "Of course a wolf that knows enough to come in with the dogs at feedin' time, 'd know all about shooting-irons.
  320. scarce
    deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand
    "Meat is scarce," answered his comrade.
  321. wrath
    intense anger
    Henry cried in wrath, leaving the cooking to come and count the dogs.
  322. companion
    a friend who is frequently with another
    Bill had finished his pipe and was helping his companion to spread the bed of fur and blanket upon the spruce boughs which he had laid over the snow before supper.
  323. correspond
    take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to
    Every advance on his part was accompanied by a corresponding retreat on her part.

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