The God’s Domain

NotonlywasWhiteFangadaptablebynature,buthehadtravelledmuch,andknewthemeaningandnecessityofadjustment.Here,inSierraVista,whichwasthenameofJudgeScott’splace,WhiteFangquicklybegantomakehimselfathome.Hehadnofurtherserioustroublewiththedogs.TheyknewmoreaboutthewaysoftheSouthlandgodsthandidhe,andintheireyeshehadqualifiedwhenheaccompaniedthegodsinsidethehouse.Wolfthathewas,andunprecedentedasitwas,thegodshadsanctionedhispresence,andthey,thedogsofthegods,couldonlyrecognisethissanction.

Dick,perforce,hadtogothroughafewstiffformalitiesatfirst,afterwhichhecalmlyacceptedWhiteFangasanadditiontothepremises.HadDickhadhisway,theywouldhavebeengoodfriends.AllbutWhiteFangwasaversetofriendship.Allheaskedofotherdogswastobeletalone.Hiswholelifehehadkeptalooffromhiskind,andhestilldesiredtokeepaloof.Dick’soverturesbotheredhim,sohesnarledDickaway.Inthenorthhehadlearnedthelessonthathemustletthemaster’sdogsalone,andhedidnotforgetthatlessonnow.Butheinsistedonhisownprivacyandself-seclusion,andsothoroughlyignoredDickthatthatgood-naturedcreaturefinallygavehimupandscarcelytookasmuchinterestinhimasinthehitching-postnearthestable.

NotsowithCollie.Whilesheacceptedhimbecauseitwasthemandateofthegods,thatwasnoreasonthatsheshouldleavehiminpeace.Wovenintoherbeingwasthememoryofcountlesscrimesheandhishadperpetratedagainstherancestry.Notinadaynoragenerationweretheravagedsheepfoldstobeforgotten.Allthiswasaspurtoher,prickinghertoretaliation.Shecouldnotflyinthefaceofthegodswhopermittedhim,butthatdidnotpreventherfrommakinglifemiserableforhiminpettyways.

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