The Call of the Wild - Study Guide Chapter 6 Summary & Analysis

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John Thornton had frozen his feet the previous winter and stayed in the camp by the river to recuperate while his partners took a raft to Dawson. He is still limping when he rescues Buck from Hal. Buck is allowed to recuperate with Thornton, laying by the river during long spring days, watching the water and the birds and regaining his strength. He becomes lazy after his long period toil with the sleds. Thornton has two other dogs: Skeet and Nig, both friendly. Skeet takes on the role of nurse for Buck and tends his wounds regularly. Buck is surprised that the dogs are so friendly and accepting of him. They invite him to play games, and sometimes Thornton himself joins in the games, which reminds Buck of his leisurely days with Judge Miller's sons.

Thornton treats his dogs as if they are his children. He speaks...

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