| Quote #7
But the opportunity did not present itself, and they pulled into Dawson one dreary afternoon with the great fight still to come. Here were many men, and countless dogs, and Buck found them all at work. It seemed the ordained order of things that dogs should work. (3.27)
Buck and his fellow dogs are a part of something larger and fated; he is merely playing his part.
| Quote #8
In a flash Buck knew it. The time had come. It was to the death. (3.37)
Buck’s fight with Spitz has to end in death because of the nature of the two dogs.
| Quote #9
They had seen other sleds depart over the Pass for Dawson, or come in from Dawson, but never had they seen a sled with so many as fourteen dogs. In the nature of Arctic travel there was a reason why fourteen dogs should not drag one sled, and that was that one sled could not carry the food for fourteen dogs. But Charles and Hal did not know this. (5.36)
Men are often ignorant in the face of inevitability, but it will not save them from their fate.