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After Buck is stolen and taken to the Klondike in Jack London's Call of the Wild, he is forced to adapt to many cruelties which he had never experienced before. In addition to learning about the Law of the Club--the way men beat their dogs to gain obedience--Buck must adapt to the Law of the Fang--the way in which other dogs take advantage of their mates. He watches the amiable Curly torn apart and killed by the other dogs, but he also learns to bury himself in the snow in order to keep warm in the sub-zero temperatures. As for food, Buck learns to eat quickly so it is not stolen by other dogs, and he learns how to steal food without being caught and beaten by his masters.
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