The Call of Kind

Themonthscameandwent. TherewasplentyoffoodandnoworkintheSouthland,andWhiteFanglivedfatandprosperousandhappy. NotalonewasheinthegeographicalSouthland,forhewasintheSouthlandoflife. Humankindnesswaslikeasunshininguponhim,andheflourishedlikeaflowerplantedingoodsoil. 

Andyetheremainedsomehowdifferentfromotherdogs. Heknewthelawevenbetterthandidthedogsthathadknownnootherlife,andheobservedthelawmorepunctiliously; butstilltherewasabouthimasuggestionoflurkingferocity,asthoughtheWildstilllingeredinhimandthewolfinhimmerelyslept. 

Heneverchummedwithotherdogs. Lonelyhehadlived,sofarashiskindwasconcerned,andlonelyhewouldcontinuetolive. Inhispuppyhood,underthepersecutionofLip-lipandthepuppy-pack,andinhisfightingdayswithBeautySmith,hehadacquiredafixedaversionfordogs. Thenaturalcourseofhislifehadbeendiverted,and,recoilingfromhiskind,hehadclungtothehuman. 

Besides,allSouthlanddogslookeduponhimwithsuspicion. HearousedinthemtheirinstinctivefearoftheWild,andtheygreetedhimalwayswithsnarlandgrowlandbelligerenthatred. He,ontheotherhand,learnedthatitwasnotnecessarytousehisteethuponthem. Hisnakedfangsandwrithinglipswereuniformlyefficacious,rarelyfailingtosendabellowingon-rushingdogbackonitshaunches. 

ButtherewasonetrialinWhiteFang’slifeCollie. Shenevergavehimamoment’speace. Shewasnotsoamenabletothelawashe. ShedefiedalleffortsofthemastertomakeherbecomefriendswithWhiteFang. Everinhisearswassoundinghersharpandnervoussnarl. 

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