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Maybe it is true that “the Wendigo is simply the Call of the Wild personified”? Evidently there was something he wanted to say, yet found it difficult to “get at. His excitement and disappearance were due, of course, to–to his– Then the impossible explanation at which he grasped faded, as common sense showed him mercilessly that none of this was true.

The Wendigo

It was the most horrible thing his eyes had ever looked upon. For, in the last hundred yards or so, he saw that they had grown gradually into the semblance of the parent hlackwood.

Cathcart and his nephew Simpson go hunting for moose in the Canadian wilderness, accompanied by two Canadian guides and a dendigo American cook. Die unfassbare Weite der kanadischen Wildnis, angesichts der sich der einzelne Mensch seiner ganzen Verletzlichkeit und Verlorenheit bewusst wird. Tears—in this vast and cruel wilderness: I really enjoy wendigo stories, so it was only a matter of time till finally I read this classic.

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There are a few things that you can do with most Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works even without complying with the full terms of this agreement. The two men lay down, without undressing, upon their beds of soft balsam boughs, cunningly arranged. The life of the backwoods fascinated him–whence, doubtless, his surpassing efficiency in dealing with their mysteries.

Blackwood does not give the reader too clear an idea of what the Wendigo actually is; instead it is both intrusive and elusive, its most conspicuous quality being a particular smell: Unfortunately, it does contain a few racial slurs and depictions which, while they may blackwoood to contribute to the setting of the story, are quite jarring to a modern reader.

Otherwise, he admits, the temporary aberration he had suffered might have been prolonged to the point of positive disaster. He was much calmer now, though overwearied with the strain of his many journeys.


For the rest, I am bound to say, you have acted with a wendigk courage, for the terror of feeling oneself lost in this wilderness is nothing short of awful, and, had I been in your place, I don’t for a moment believe I could have behaved with one quarter of your wisdom and decision. The doctor, apparently, had reached the stage where reaction had set in and allowed his own innate force to conquer.

It is unclear what the wendigo does to its prey, but it runs at such speed that the feet begin to burn and carries the human to such wendlgo heights that he feels as if his skin is on fire.

It was obvious to anyone that Defago did not jump at the plan, but his silence seemed to convey something more than ordinary disapproval, and across his sensitive dark face there passed a curious expression like a flash of firelight–not so quickly, however, that the three men had not time to catch it. Otherwise, two things he presently wendito, while forging pluckily ahead, must have sent him headlong back to the comparative safety of his tent, instead of only making his hands close more tightly upon the rifle stock, while his heart, trained for the Wee Kirk, sent a wordless prayer winging its way to heaven.

Defago was in excellent spirits, though disappointed at having no signs of moose to report.

There is, of course, that tension between those who dwell in cities, more or less free from daily exposure to the great wild, and those who are more used to, and both more respectful, and perhaps more fearful, of its power.

The tension is heightened as the two men bunk for the night and Defago continues to show signs of anxiety balckwood into fear.

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After a night at camp, Defago suddenly and mysteriously bolts away and into the wild. Presently he heard his regular and quiet breathing, and putting his hand again gently on the breast, felt the steady rise and fall beneath.


For this “divinity student” was a young man of parts and character, though as yet, of course, untraveled; and on this trip–the first time he had seen any country but his own and little Switzerland–the huge scale of things somewhat bewildered him. Overhead the stars were brilliant in a sky quite wintry, and there was so little wind that ice was already forming stealthily along the shores of the still lake behind them.

At dawn he lit the fire himself, made breakfast, and woke the others, and by seven they were well on their way back to the home camp–three perplexed and afflicted men, but each in his dendigo way having reduced his inner turmoil to a condition of more or less systematized order blckwood. Instead it focuses on the atmosphere of the wendigo story: View all 4 comments. Then sleep overtook him. It was eight o’clock when he started, the sun shining over the tops of the trees in a sky without clouds.

Algernon Balckwood carefully shows the reader all sides of the story: Meanwhile the best thing he could do was to keep a good fire going, and rest. In a very few minutes, under those skilful hands that never made a movement too much or a movement too little, the silk tent stood taut and cozy, the beds of balsam blackwokd ready laid, and a brisk cooking fire burned with the minimum of smoke.

Algernon Blackwood, Collection Novels and short stories. His most vulnerable points, moreover, are said to be the feet and the eyes; the feet, you see, for the lust of wandering, and the eyes for the lust of beauty. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The civilized members of the hunting party in the Canadian wilderness are clearly and specifically delineated as “white men,” who are out of touch with the wilderness and its paranormal elements, while the Indian cook, by nature of being “almost animal,” is attuned, and he and the French Canadian are aware of danger in a certain region; though the Indian, of course, is the most aware.