The Bondage

ThedayswerethrongedwithexperienceforWhiteFang.DuringthetimethatKichewastiedbythestick,heranaboutoverallthecamp,inquiring,investigating,learning.Hequicklycametoknowmuchofthewaysoftheman-animals,butfamiliaritydidnotbreedcontempt.Themorehecametoknowthem,themoretheyvindicatedtheirsuperiority,themoretheydisplayedtheirmysteriouspowers,thegreaterloomedtheirgod-likeness.

Tomanhasbeengiventhegrief,often,ofseeinghisgodsoverthrownandhisaltarscrumbling;buttothewolfandthewilddogthathavecomeintocrouchatman’sfeet,thisgriefhasnevercome.Unlikeman,whosegodsareoftheunseenandtheoverguessed,vapoursandmistsoffancyeludingthegarmentureofreality,wanderingwraithsofdesiredgoodnessandpower,intangibleout-croppingsofselfintotherealmofspiritunlikeman,thewolfandthewilddogthathavecomeintothefirefindtheirgodsinthelivingflesh,solidtothetouch,occupyingearth-spaceandrequiringtimefortheaccomplishmentoftheirendsandtheirexistence.Noeffortoffaithisnecessarytobelieveinsuchagod;noeffortofwillcanpossiblyinducedisbeliefinsuchagod.Thereisnogettingawayfromit.Thereitstands,onitstwohind-legs,clubinhand,immenselypotential,passionateandwrathfulandloving,godandmysteryandpowerallwrappedupandaroundbyfleshthatbleedswhenitistornandthatisgoodtoeatlikeanyflesh.

AndsoitwaswithWhiteFang.Theman-animalsweregodsunmistakableandunescapable.Ashismother,Kiche,hadrenderedherallegiancetothematthefirstcryofhername,sohewasbeginningtorenderhisallegiance.Hegavethemthetrailasaprivilegeindubitablytheirs.Whentheywalked,hegotoutoftheirway.Whentheycalled,hecame.Whentheythreatened,hecowereddown.Whentheycommandedhimtogo,hewentawayhurriedly.

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