Call of the Wild

At the end of this chapter, what was the fate of Hall, Charles, Mercedes, and their dogs? What was Buck's fate? Use textual evidence to support your answer.


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Charles, Mercedes, Hal and the team go into the river when the ice breaks, they die in watery grave. Buck was saved at the last moment by John Thornton, who didn't allow the men to take him.


Thornton stood between him and Buck, and evinced no intention of getting out of the way. Hal drew his long hunting-knife. Mercedes screamed, cried, laughed, and manifested the chaotic abandonment of hysteria. Thornton rapped Hal's knuckles with the axe-handle, knocking the knife to the ground. He rapped his knuckles again as he tried to pick it up. Then he stooped, picked it up himself, and with two strokes cut Buck's traces.

Hal, Mercedes, Charles, and the Team

By the time his search had disclosed nothing more than many bruises and a state of terrible starvation, the sled was a quarter of a mile away. Dog and man watched it crawling along over the ice. Suddenly, they saw its back end drop down, as into a rut,
and the gee-pole, with Hal clinging to it, jerk into the air. Mercedes's scream came to their ears. They saw Charles turn and make one step to run back, and then a whole section of ice give way and dogs and humans disappear. A yawning hole was all that was to be seen. The bottom had dropped out of the trail.


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