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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