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The Call of the Wild

by Jack London
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In the Call of the Wild by Jack London, how does Francois begin "his rise in Buck's estimation" and earn Buck's respect?

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When Buck is taken aboard the Narwhal and meets Perrault and Francois, he had been beaten savagely and lost a great deal of respect for mankind in general. He doesn't expect any more kind treatment or even good treatment.

So when he gets into a scuffle with one of the other dogs, he is surprised by how Francois reacts. When the big snow-white dog attempts to take Buck's food, Buck assumes that he will have to punish him. But in that instant, Francois' whip lashes out and teaches the other dog a lesson.

In that moment, "the half-breed began his rise in Buck's estimation." As time goes on, it becomes clear that Francois is not overly affectionate but he cares about dogs and treats them fairly in order to get the best out of them.

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