Excerpt from Call of the Wild

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Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego. Because of men, groping in the Arctic darkness had found a yellow metal, and because steamship and transportation companies were booming the find, thousands of men were rushing into the Northland. These men wanted dogs, and the dogs they wanted were heavy dogs, with strong muscles by which to toil, and furry coats to protect them from the frost.
Buck lived at a big house in the sun-kissed Santa Clara Valley. Judge Miller’s place, it was called. It stood back from the road, half hidden among the trees, through which glimpses could be caught of the wide cool veranda that ran around its four sides. The house was approached by graveled driveways which wound about through wide-spreading lawns and under the interlacing boughs of tall poplars. At the rear things were on even a more spacious scale than at the front. There were great stables, where a dozen grooms and boys held forth, rows of vine-clad servants’ cottages, an endless and orderly array of outhouses, long grape arbors, green pastures, orchards, and berry patches. Then there was the pumping plant for the artesian well and the big cement tank where Judge Miller’s boys took their morning plunge and kept cool in the hot afternoon.

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Word Lists:

Buck : the male of some horned animals, especially the fallow deer, roe deer, reindeer, and antelopes.

Arbor : a shady garden alcove with sides and a roof formed by trees or climbing plants trained over a wooden framework.

Veranda : a roofed platform along the outside of a house, level with the ground floor

Transportation : the action of transporting someone or something or the process of being transported

Spacious : (especially of a room or building) having ample space

Groom : brush and clean the coat of (a horse, dog, or other animal)

Gravel : a loose aggregation of small water-worn or pounded stones.

Orderly : neatly and methodically arranged

Muscle : a band or bundle of fibrous tissue in a human or animal body that has the ability to contract, producing movement in or maintaining the position of parts of the body

Orchard : a piece of land planted with fruit trees

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Additional Information:

Rating: C

Words: 248

Unique Words : 169

Sentences : 10

Reading Time : 1:06

Noun : 83

Conjunction : 22

Adverb : 13

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 25

Pronoun : 7

Verb : 42

Preposition : 29

Letter Count : 1,144

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Formal

Difficult Words : 67

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