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The Call of the Wild

Chapter 6

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Men gasped and began to breathe again, unaware that for a moment they had ceased to breathe. Thornton was running behind, encouraging Buck with short, cheery words. The distance had been measured off, and as he neared the pile of firewood which marked the end of the hundred yards, a cheer began to grow and grow, which burst into a roar as he passed the firewood and halted at command. Every man was tearing himself loose, even Matthewson. Hats and mittens were flying in the air. Men were shaking hands, it did not matter with whom, and bubbling over in a general incoherent babel.

But Thornton fell on his knees beside Buck. Head was against head, and he was shaking him back and forth. Those who hurried up heard him cursing Buck, and he cursed him long and fervently, and softly and lovingly.

"Gad, sir! Gad, sir!" sputtered the Skookum Bench king. "I'll give you a thousand for him, sir, a thousand, sir—twelve hundred, sir."

Thornton rose to his feet. His eyes were wet. The tears were streaming frankly down his cheeks. "Sir," he said to the Skookum Bench king, "no, sir. You can go to hell, sir. It's the best I can do for you, sir."

Buck seized Thornton's hand in his teeth. Thornton shook him back and forth. As though animated by a common impulse, the onlookers drew back to a respectful distance; nor were they again indiscreet enough to interrupt.Stop and Think!

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1. Buck regains his strength while relaxing with John Thornton, Skeet, and Nig.

2. Buck grows to love John Thornton unconditionally.

3. Buck's connection to his wild wolf ancestors continues to grow stronger.

4. Buck attacks a man who attempts to hurt John.

5. Buck saves John from drowning in the Forty Mile River.

6. Buck pulls one thousand pounds and makes John a handsome profit.

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Buck's health improves, and he grows to love John Thornton. Still, he cannot ignore his connection to his wild ancestors. Buck's undying love for John is evident during three different events: Buck attacks a man in defense of John, Buck saves John's life, and Buck wins a profitable bet.

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In my summary, I elaborated on each key event in Chapter 6.

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To help me to create my summary, I used key events in the text and checked the images to make my summary vivid.

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To check your summary, ask yourself if your summary—

Captures the main ideas and key information.

Has the right amount of detail (not too much, not too little).

Combines several ideas or facts into one statement.

Paraphrases, or explains in your own words.

Includes information from text and images.

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When I approach the end of a chapter, I like to summarize. This helps me review what I know so far about the story and what questions I might have to discuss with a friend or teacher.

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Visualization works for me because I like to draw and create movies. Sometimes I sketch out a scene and add speech balloons to capture what is happening.