The Enemy of His Kind

HadtherebeeninWhiteFang’snatureanypossibility,nomatterhowremote,ofhisevercomingtofraternisewithhiskind,suchpossibilitywasirretrievablydestroyedwhenhewasmadeleaderofthesled-team. FornowthedogshatedhimhatedhimfortheextrameatbestoweduponhimbyMit-sah; hatedhimforalltherealandfanciedfavourshereceived; hatedhimforthathefledalwaysattheheadoftheteam,hiswavingbrushofatailandhisperpetuallyretreatinghind-quartersforevermaddeningtheireyes. 

AndWhiteFangjustasbitterlyhatedthemback. Beingsled-leaderwasanythingbutgratifyingtohim. Tobecompelledtorunawaybeforetheyellingpack,everydogofwhich,forthreeyears,hehadthrashedandmastered,wasalmostmorethanhecouldendure. Butendureithemust,orperish,andthelifethatwasinhimhadnodesiretoperishout. ThemomentMit-sahgavehisorderforthestart,thatmomentthewholeteam,witheager,savagecries,sprangforwardatWhiteFang. 

Therewasnodefenceforhim. Ifheturneduponthem,Mit-sahwouldthrowthestinginglashofthewhipintohisface. Onlyremainedtohimtorunaway. Hecouldnotencounterthathowlinghordewithhistailandhind-quarters. Thesewerescarcelyfitweaponswithwhichtomeetthemanymercilessfangs. Sorunawayhedid,violatinghisownnatureandpridewitheveryleaphemade,andleapingalldaylong. 

Onecannotviolatethepromptingsofone’snaturewithouthavingthatnaturerecoiluponitself. Sucharecoilislikethatofahair,madetogrowoutfromthebody,turningunnaturallyuponthedirectionofitsgrowthandgrowingintothebodyarankling,festeringthingofhurt. AndsowithWhiteFang. 

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