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CHAPTER SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS
This chapter shows a turning point in the cub’s life, for he and his mother are captured by humans and brought to live among them. The Indians have recognized the she-wolf as Kiche, a half wolf/dog that has lived with them before running away.
White Fang’s initial reaction to seeing the humans by the river is fear. When he attempts to defend himself from the Indians, he is rewarded by blows. He can do nothing but yelp in pain. On seeing his mother arrive, he is overjoyed, for he believes she will deal cruelly with these creatures. He is shocked to find her submitting to them instead of avenging his hurt. Her submissiveness only serves to reinforce his fear of and respect for human. White Fang, however, finds it pleasant when Salmon Tongue rubs his hand back and forth over his fur.
When White Fang is taken to the Indian camp, he meets his nemesis, who will be his enemy for life. The problem is a pup named Lip-lip, who constantly fights with White Fang; in fact, Lip-lip is largely responsible for turning White Fang into a great and aggressive fighter. After his first fight with Lip-lip, White Fang runs to his mother crying, which shows he still has much to learn. As long as he remains at Kiche’s side, he will not fully mature.
Since he is a cub, White Fang is allowed to roam the Indian camp and to explore things. Finally overcoming his fear of the big teepees, he tugs at the canvas playfully. Out of curiosity, he ventures too close to the fire and burns his nose and tongue. When the Indians laugh at him, he feels ashamed. From this point on, White Fang is wary of man’s laughter.
Although White Fang tries to adjust to his new life in the Indian camp, he finds it difficult to adapt to this crowded community and misses the valley and the stream.
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