In "Call of the Wild," why, in chapter four, is Outside and Inside dogs capitalized?If you know the answer please tell me.  It will boost up my grade because it's an extra credit question.

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In "Call of The Wild," the terms you have asked about are in chapter 5 not chapter 4. The chapter entitled, "The Toil of Trace and Trail" is about Hal, Charles and Mercedes buying the team and heading to Dawson.  These people know nothing about mushing and they don't know anything about taking care of the dogs.  They begin with too much loaded onto the sled and the dogs tip the sled and everything falls out.  They get advice from the experienced mushers, but they don't listen.  The section you are referring to is when Hal and Charles buy six Outside dogs. These terms are capitalized because they are being used as a proper nouns.

The "Outside dogs" are the dogs which are new to the team.  The "Inside dogs" refer to the dogs that have been working together for a long time and are well conditioned to the traces, the feedings, and the skills needed to successfully make this type of trip.

These terms are referring to a specific groups of dogs so the terms "Outside" and "Inside" must be capitalized.

An example of this would be if you were writing about lakes, but then you named specific lakes such as the Great lakes or you were writing about rivers and then decided to speak about specific rivers like the Mississippi river.

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