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It was about this time that the newspapers were full
of the daring escape of a convict from San Quentin
prison. He was a ferocious man. He had been ill-
made in the making. He had not been born right,
and he had not been helped any by the molding
he had received at the hands of society. The hands
of society are harsh, and this man was a striking
sample of its handiwork. He was a beast—a human
beast, it is true, but nevertheless so terrible a beast
that he can best be characterized as carnivorous. 1 1 What animal-
like qualities
does the
prisoner have?
In San Quentin prison he had proved incorrigible.
Punishment failed to break his spirit. He could die
dumb-mad and fighting to the last, but he could
not live and be beaten. The more fiercely he fought,
the more harshly society handled him, and the
only effect of harshness was to make him fiercer.
Straight-jackets to restrain him, starvation, and
beatings and clubbings were the wrong treatment
for Jim Hall; but it was the treatment he received. It
was the treatment he had received from the time he
was a little pulpy, shapeable boy in a San Francisco
slum—soft clay in the hands of society and ready to
be formed into something. 2 2 What kind of
punishment did
Jim Hall receive
that did not lead
to reform?
to hold back
It was during Jim Hall’s third term in prison that
he encountered a guard that was almost as great
a beast as he. The guard treated him unfairly, lied
about him to the warden, lost his credits, and
persecuted him. The difference between them was
that the guard carried a bunch of keys and a gun. Jim
Hall had only his naked hands and his teeth. But he
sprang upon the guard one day and used his teeth
on the other’s throat just like any jungle animal.
to meet; to come in
contact with
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meat eater
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6 Unit 7
After this, Jim Hall went to live in the incorrigible
cell. He lived there three years. The cell was of iron,
the floor, the walls, the roof. He never left this cell.
He never saw the sky nor the sunshine. Day was
a barely noticeable twilight and night was a black
silence. He was in an iron tomb, buried alive. He saw
no human face, spoke to no human thing. When his
food was shoved in to him, he growled like a wild
animal. He hated all things. For days and nights he
bellowed his rage loudly at the universe. Then, for
weeks and months he never made a sound, in the
black silence eating his very soul. He was a man
and a monstrosity, as fearful a thing of fear as ever
imagined in the visions of a maddened brain. 3
3 What was life
like for Jim Hall
before his attack
on the prison
guard and after
his attack on the
prison guard?
And then, one night, he escaped. The warders said
it was impossible, but nevertheless the cell was
empty, and half in half out of it lay the body of a
slain guard. Two other dead guards marked his trail
through the prison to the outer walls, and he had
killed with his hands to avoid noise.
He was armed with the weapons of the slain
guards—a live arsenal that fled through the hills
pursued by the organized might of society. A heavy
price of gold was upon his head. Greedy farmers
hunted him with shotguns. His blood might pay
off a loan or send a son to college. Public-spirited
citizens took down their rifles and went out after
him. A pack of bloodhounds followed the way of his
bleeding feet. And the sleuth-hounds of the law, the
paid fighting animals of society, with telephone, and
telegraph, and special train, clung to his trail night
and day. 4 Where did Jim 4
Hall get his
to chase; to go
Sometimes they came upon him, and men faced
him like heroes, or stampeded through barbed-
wire fences to the delight of the people reading the
account at the breakfast table. It was after such
encounters that the dead and wounded were carted
back to the towns, and their places filled by men
eager for the manhunt.
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And then Jim Hall disappeared. The bloodhounds
vainly quested for him on the lost trail. Inoffensive,
ordinary ranchers in remote valleys were held up by
armed men and compelled to identify themselves.
While the remains of Jim Hall were discovered on a
dozen mountainsides by greedy claimants for blood-
money. 5
5 Why did so
many men want
to find Jim Hall?
without success;
not achieving what
one hoped to
to make someone
take a certain
action In the meantime the newspapers were read at Sierra
Vista, not so much with interest as with anxiety, or
worry. The women were afraid. Judge Scott pooh-
poohed and laughed, but not with reason, for it was
in his last days on the bench that Jim Hall had stood
before him and received sentence. And in open
courtroom, before all men, Jim Hall had proclaimed
that the day would come when he would wreak
vengeance on the Judge that sentenced him.
the act of repaying
one hurtful deed
with another
For once, Jim Hall was right. He was innocent of the
crime for which he was sentenced. It was a case, in
the language of thieves and police, of “railroading.”
Jim Hall was being “railroaded” to prison for a
crime he had not committed. Because of the two
prior convictions against him, Judge Scott imposed
upon him a sentence of fifty years. 6
6 What is
Jim Hall’s
connection to
Judge Scott?
Judge Scott did not know all things, and he did not
know that he was party to a police conspiracy, that
the evidence was hatched and falsified, that Jim Hall
was guiltless of the crime charged. And Jim Hall, on
the other hand, did not know that Judge Scott was
merely ignorant. Jim Hall believed that the judge
knew all about it and was hand in glove with the
police in the promotion of the monstrous injustice.
So it was, when the doom of fifty years of living
death was uttered by Judge Scott, that Jim Hall,
hating all things in the society that misused him,
rose up and raged in the courtroom until dragged
down by half a dozen of his blue-coated enemies.
To him, Judge Scott was the keystone in the arch
of injustice, and upon Judge Scott he emptied the
vials of his wrath and hurled the angry threats of
his revenge yet to come. Then Jim Hall went to his
living death . . . and escaped. 7
not knowing or
having important
an attempt to
convince others
that they should
do, believe, or buy
7 In what ways
are Jim Hall and
Judge Scott
both “falsely
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8 Unit 7
Of all this White Fang knew nothing. But between
him and Alice, the master’s wife, there existed a
secret. Each night, after Sierra Vista had gone to
bed, she rose and let in White Fang to sleep in the
big hall. Now White Fang was not a house dog,
nor was he permitted to sleep in the house; so each
morning, early, she slipped down and let him out
before the family was awake. 8
8 Why do
you think
White Fang is
introduced at
this time?
On one such night, while all the house slept, White
Fang awoke and lay very quietly. And very quietly
he smelled the air and read the message it bore
of a strange god’s presence. And to his ears came
sounds of the strange god’s movements. White Fang
burst into no furious outcry. It was not his way. The
strange god walked softly, but more softly walked
White Fang, for he had no clothes to rub against the
flesh of his body. He followed silently. In the Wild
he had hunted live meat that was infinitely timid,
and he knew the advantage of surprise.
something that
puts you in a
better position
than others
The strange god paused at the foot of the great
staircase and listened, and White Fang was as dead, so
without movement was he as he watched and waited.
Up that staircase the way led to the lovemaster and
to the lovemaster’s dearest possessions. White Fang
bristled, but waited. The strange god’s foot lifted.
He was beginning the ascent. 9
an upward journey
9 Who is the
strange god and
the lovemaster?
Unit 7 9
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Then it was that White Fang struck. He gave no
warning, with no snarl anticipated his own action.
Into the air he lifted his body in the spring that
landed him on the strange god’s back. White Fang
clung with his forepaws to the man’s shoulders, at
the same time burying his fangs into the back of
the man’s neck. He clung on for a moment, long
enough to drag the god over backward. Together
they crashed to the floor. White Fang leaped clear,
and, as the man struggled to rise, was in again with
the slashing fangs. 10
10 How did White
Fang complete
the mission
Alice had
given him?
Jack London, born in 1876, was one of the first
famous fiction writers known worldwide for
his work. Early in his career, London wrote the
groundbreaking novel The Call of the Wild, which
featured a domesticated dog forced to revert back
to his wild instincts. Because of its success, London
felt it was necessary to write a companion novel,
White Fang, but he wanted to add a twist. “I’m going
to reverse the process. Instead of the devolution
or de-civilization of a dog, I’m going to give the
evolution, the civilization of a dog—development of
domesticity, faithfulness, love, morality, and all of
the amenities and virtues.”  

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