The Call of the Wild
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So greatly had he suffered, and so far gone was he, that the blows did not hurt much. And as they continued to fall upon him, the spark of life within flickered and went down. It was nearly out. He felt strangely numb. As though from a great distance, he was aware that he was being beaten. (5.58)
Buck’s moment of near defeat coincides with his physical deterioration. When physically unable to resists, he is also forced into mental submission.