For the pride of trace and trail was his, and sick unto death, he could not bear that another dog should do his work.
("The Call of the Wild")
More Quotes from Jack London:He was a ferocious man. He had been ill-made in the making. He had not been born right, and he had not been helped any by the moulding he had received at the hands of society. The hands of society are harsh, and this man was a striking sample of its handiwork.
This expression of abandon and surrender, of absolute trust, he reserved for the master alone.
In short, Beauty Smith was a monstrosity, and the blame of it lay elsewhere. He was not responsible. The clay of him had been moulded in the making.
Food and fire, protection and companionship, were some of the things he received from the god. In return, he guarded the god's property, defended his body, worked for him, and obeyed him.
But it did not all happen in a day, this giving over of himself, body and soul, to the man-animals. He could not immediately forego his wild heritage and his memories of the Wild. There were days when he crept to the edge of the forest and stood and listened to something calling him far and away.
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
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Live truth instead of professing it.
Consider then, O man! whether there can be anything more wretched and poor, more naked and miserable, than man when he dies, if he be not clothed with Christ's righteousness, and enriched in his God.
In my own mind, I was sort of a desperate kid.