The great head drooped more and more under its tree of horns, and the shambling trot grewweaker and weaker. He took to standing for long periods, with nose to the ground and dejectedears dropped limply; and Buck found more time in which to get water for himself and in which torest. At such moments, panting with red lolling tongue and with eyes fixed upon the big bull, itappeared to Buck that a change was coming over the face of things. He could feel a new stir inthe land. As the moose were coming into the land, other kinds of life were coming in. Forest andstream and air seemed palpitant with their presence. The news of it was borne in upon him, notby sight, or sound, or smell, but by some other and subtler sense. He heard nothing, saw nothing,yet knew that the land was somehow different; that through it strange things were afoot andranging; and he resolved to investigate after he had finished the business in hand.


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