Call of the Wild

How does John Thornton react to the inexperienced prospectors’ abuse of Buck, as well as their eventual fate? What does this tell you about him

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Thornton refuses to let Hal and company abuse Buck any further. He threatens to beat them if they whip Buck one more time. I don't think Thornton was very sad when they drowned under the ice from their own foolishness. Thornton had a deep respect for sled dogs.