Buck's Trial Of Strength

Author: Jack London

John Thornton, owner of the dog, Buck, had said that Buck could draw a sled loaded with one thousand pounds of flour. Another miner bet sixteen hundred dollars that he couldn't, and Thornton, though fearing it would be too much for Buck, was ashamed to refuse; so he let Buck try to draw a load that Matthewson's team of ten dogs had been hauling.

The team of ten dogs was unhitched, and Buck, with his own harness, was put into the sled. He had felt the general excitement, and he felt that in some way he must do a great thing for John Thornton. Murmurs of admiration at his splendid appearance went up. He was in perfect condition, without an ounce of superfluous flesh, and the one hundred and fifty pounds that he weighed were so many pounds of grit and virility. His furry coat shone with the sheen of silk. Down the neck and across the shoulders, his mane, in repose as it was, half bristled and seemed to lift with every movement, as though excess of vigor made each particular hair alive and active. The great breast and heavy forelegs were no more than in proportion with the rest of the body, where the muscles showed in tight rolls underneath the skin. Men felt these muscles and proclaimed them hard as iron, and the odds went down two to one.

"Sir, sir," stuttered a member of the latest dynasty, a king of the Skookum Benches. "I offer you eight hundred for him, sir, before the test, sir; eight hundred just as he stands."

Thornton shook his head and stepped to Buck's side.

"You must stand off from him," Matthewson protested. "Free play and plenty of room."

The crowd fell silent; only could be heard the voices of the gamblers vainly offering two to one. Everybody acknowledged Buck a magnificent animal, but twenty fifty-pound sacks of flour bulked too large in their eyes for them to loosen their pouch-strings.

Thornton knelt down by Buck's side. He took his head into his two hands and rested cheek on cheek. He did not playfully shake him, as he was wont, or murmur soft love curses; but he whispered in his ear. "As you love me, Buck. As you love me," was what he whispered. Buck whined with suppressed eagerness.

The crowd was watching curiously. The affair was growing mysterious. It seemed like a conjuration. As Thornton got to his feet, Buck seized his mittened hand between his jaws, pressing in with his teeth and releasing slowly, half-reluctantly. It was the answer, in terms, not of speech, but of love. Thornton stepped well back.

"Now, Buck," he said.

Buck tightened the traces, then slacked them for a matter of several inches. It was the way he had learned.

"Gee!" Thornton's voice rang out, sharp in the tense silence.

Buck swung to the right, ending the movement in a plunge that took up the slack, and, with a sudden jerk, arrested his one hundred and fifty pounds. The load quivered, and from under the runners arose a crisp crackling.

"Haw!" Thornton commanded.

Buck duplicated the maneuver, this time to the left. The crackling turned into a snapping, the sled pivoting and the runners slipping and grating several inches to the side.

The sled was broken out. Men were holding their breaths, intensely unconscious of the fact. "Now, Mush!"

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Reviews:

  • Reviewed by nalin misra  on  February 5th, 2011

    i luv big stories not short stories.
    but atleast gud.

  • Reviewed by muskaan  on  July 30th, 2011

    it was a good story

  • Reviewed by ruphan  on  September 18th, 2011

    Ya!I love this very much

  • Reviewed by ajay aditya goud  on  February 15th, 2012

    awesome

  • Reviewed by oishika chaudhury  on  July 13th, 2012

    i really do like this story and hope all the readers will love this too.

  • Reviewed by tej  on  July 26th, 2012

    it is very nice story

  • Reviewed by parvez  on  September 15th, 2012

    it is cool story...............

  • Reviewed by nikki  on  November 17th, 2012

    one of the best buks i have ever read!!

  • Reviewed by Anchal  on  November 29th, 2012

    A very touching story. I luv it very much. Wow! <3

  • Reviewed by Anjli  on  November 29th, 2012

    Jack London is my favourite auther... These kindda stories r the best and this is all abt friendship. I luv the ending. It's fntstic......

  • Reviewed by Ritika  on  November 29th, 2012

    Amazing story, i luv the story. IT IS ADVENTURES.

  • Reviewed by Arti  on  November 29th, 2012

    Parvez, who ever that is, the stories arnt cool, by the way i HATE this story. It does not make sense.....

  • Reviewed by Nonsense...  on  December 4th, 2012

    I love this story, THE CALL OF THE WILD! The only animal story I ever liked!BTW Arti, no offence but your review's kinda rude...

  • Reviewed by Nonsense...  on  December 4th, 2012

    I love this story, THE CALL OF THE WILD! The only animal story I ever liked!BTW Arti, no offence but your review's kinda rude...

  • Reviewed by Nonsense...  on  December 4th, 2012

    I love this story, THE CALL OF THE WILD! The only animal story I ever liked!BTW Arti, no offence but your review's kinda rude...

  • Reviewed by maongai  on  June 7th, 2013

    this is like very stupied story and I hate it this was thecoment

  • Reviewed by samaksh  on  July 12th, 2013

    awesome story

  • Reviewed by jigyasa  on  July 29th, 2013

    iwanna read it again and again

  • Reviewed by Vani  on  August 15th, 2013

    This is good story. Now,it has become my one of the favourite story. I
    would like to thank Jack London for writing such good story.

  • Reviewed by Ayush Verma,india,jhatkhand,bokaro  on  August 17th, 2013

    not bad but a summary should be a litle shorter

  • Reviewed by Swekcha ( Sahibganj (jharkhand))  on  October 4th, 2013

    it is good.but i think there should be some type of adventurous thing to make the story more exiting by which it will make people to read the full story.

  • Reviewed by mona singh  on  October 4th, 2013

    The story is not so interesting and not given clearly also

  • Reviewed by twesh kumar  on  October 4th, 2013

    Tggfggggcggfdhxhyjjsjsbjfnfjebdjdnfbjfrnjfjtjnrjjrnnfjfjtbfbfbfjbftnbtbdj. Sorry for writing ha ha ha ha@

  • Reviewed by Buck is a awesome story  on  January 6th, 2014

    I loved this story and Arti is a big mean rudy, keep making books like this, the only thing is, what happened to Buck at the end, does he die?

  • Reviewed by Buck is a awesome story  on  January 6th, 2014

    I loved this story and Arti is a big mean rudy, keep making books like this, the only thing is, what happened to Buck at the end, does he die?

  • Reviewed by Buck is a awesome story  on  January 6th, 2014

    I loved this story and Arti is a big mean rudy, keep making books like this, the only thing is, what happened to Buck at the end, does he die?

  • Reviewed by Buck is a awesome story  on  January 6th, 2014

    I loved this story and Arti is a big mean rudy, keep making books like this, the only thing is, what happened to Buck at the end, does he die?

  • Reviewed by Buck is an awesome story  on  January 6th, 2014

    I'm with nonsense. Hahaha mean old Arti.
    : )

  • Reviewed by Buck is an awesome story  on  January 6th, 2014

    I'm with nonsense. Hahaha mean old Arti.
    : )

  • Reviewed by lovey dovey  on  July 12th, 2014

    great story to read while eating pop corn ;-)

  • Reviewed by Upasana Das  on  July 22nd, 2014

    Nice story. Can you please write a story similar to this for my project. Please....

  • Reviewed by Violina Das  on  July 22nd, 2014

    What a story... Can you please send me the question and answers of this story?

  • Reviewed by bnm  on  August 4th, 2014

    hgh

  • Reviewed by gautam  on  September 2nd, 2014

    nice story

  • Reviewed by gautam  on  September 2nd, 2014

    nice story

  • Reviewed by gautam  on  September 2nd, 2014

    nice story

  • Reviewed by anand  on  September 2nd, 2014

    awsesome

  • Reviewed by anand  on  September 2nd, 2014

    awsesome

  • Reviewed by anand  on  September 2nd, 2014

    awsesome

  • Reviewed by ishu  on  July 11th, 2016

    awesome story it is in my book also

  • Reviewed by aakash  on  August 15th, 2016

    not nice i hate it nothing interesting susu chak penty jastai xa

  • Reviewed by aakash  on  August 15th, 2016

    not nice i hate it nothing interesting susu chak penty jastai xa


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