At the same instant, with a cry like a wail, first one hound, then another, and then another, sprang helter-skelter from the wood opposite and the whole pack
rushed across the field toward the very spot where the wolf had disappeared.
He may do what he will, But, till he has given permission, the Pack may not eat of that Kill.
From all of his Pack he may claim Full-gorge when the killer has eaten; and none may refuse him the same.
Waking, Michael had another and real pack. This was composed of Steward, Kwaque, Cocky, and Scraps, and he ran with it as ancient forbears had ran with their own kind in the hunting.
But the steerage and its company meant more to Michael than the mere pack. It was heaven as well, where dwelt God.
She dropped in alongside by him, as though it were her appointed position, and took the pace of the pack. He did not snarl at her, nor show his teeth, when any leap of hers chanced to put her in advance of him.
This was his one trouble in the running of the pack; but she had other troubles.
"They take orders from the Head of the Pack, and not from any striped cattle-killer.
He shall live to run with the Pack and to hunt with the Pack; and in the end, look you, hunter of little naked cubs--frog-eater-- fish-killer--he shall hunt thee!
I dream that I haven't packed
it, and wake up in a cold perspiration, and get out of bed and hunt for it.
Lors!" added Bob, laying down his pack
on the gravel, "it's a thousand pities such a lady as you shouldn't deal with a packman, i' stead o' goin' into these newfangled shops, where there's half-a-dozen fine gents wi' their chins propped up wi' a stiff stock, a-looking like bottles wi' ornamental stoppers, an' all got to get their dinner out of a bit o' calico; it stan's to reason you must pay three times the price you pay a packman, as is the nat'ral way o' gettin' goods,--an' pays no rent, an' isn't forced to throttle himself till the lies are squeezed out on him, whether he will or no.
Presently from a great distance and faintly there came an answering scream, and a half-hour later the lithe form of Sheeta bounded into view where the others of the pack
were clambering gingerly into the canoe.