White Fang Imagery
By Andrew Seles
The elevation of poles caught his eye; yet this in itself was not so remarkable, being done as creatures that flung sticks and stoniest great distances. But when the frames of the poles were made into teepees by being covered with skins, White Fang was astonished It was a colasal bulk of them that impressed him. They arose around him like a quickly growing monstrous form of life.
Dark spruce forest frowned on ethier side of the frozen waterway. The treated been stripped by a recent wind of their white covering of frost seemed to lean toward each other, black and ominous, in the fading light. A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement,so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even of that sadness.There was a in it of laughter , but of a laughter more terrible than any sadness-a laughter that was mirthless as the smile of the Sphinx, a laughter cold as the frost and partaking of the grimness of infallibility. It was the masterful and incommunicable wisdom of eternity laughing at the futility of life and the effort of life. It was the Wild, the savage, frozen hearted Northland Wild.
Once, the cub sprang in and sank his teeth into the hind leg of the lynx. He clung on , growling savagely. Though he did not know it, by the weight of his body he clogged the action of the leg and thereby saved his mother from damage. A change in the battle crushed him under both their bodies and wrenched loose his hold. The next moment the two mothers were separated, and, before they rushed together again, the lynx lashed out at the cub with a huge forepaw that ripped his shoulder open to the bone and sent hurtling against the wall.
The cub came upon it suddenly. It was his own fault. He had been careless. He had left the cave and run down to the stream to drink. It might have been that he took no notice because he was heavy with sleep. And his carelessness might have been due to the familiarity of the trail of the pool. He went down past the blasted pine, crossed the open space, and trotted in amongst the trees. Then at the same instant he saw and smelled. Before him, sitting silently on their haunches, were five live things, like which he had never seen before. It was the first glimpse of mankind. But at the sight of him the five men did not spring to their feet, nor show their teeth, nor snarl. They did not move but sat there, silent and ominous.
The men toiled without speech across the face of the frozen world. The silence was unbroken save by the cries of their pursuers, that, unseen, hung upon the rear. With the coming of night in the mid afternoon, the cries sounded closer as the pursuers drew in according to their custom; and the dogs grew excited and frightened, and were guilty of panics that tangled the traces and further depressed the two men.