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(Weedon Scott: Did you hear, Mr. Beast? I'm going to take your dog from you, and I'm going to give you a hundred and fifty for him.) I ain't a-sellin'. (Weedon Scott: Oh yes you are, because I'm buying. Here's your money. The dog's mine.) I've got my rights. (Weedon Scott: You've forfeited your rights to own that dog. Are you going to take the money, or do I have to hit you again!) Alright! But I take the money under protest. The dog's a mint. I ain't a-goin' to be robbed. A man's got his rights. (Weedon Scott: Correct, a man's got his rights. But you're not a man. You're a beast.) Wait till I get back to Dawson. I'll have the law on you! (Weedon Scott: If you open your mouth when you get back to Dawson, I'll have you run out of town. Understand?) (Beauty Smith grunts) (Weedon Scott: Understand?) Yes. (Weedon Scott: Yes what?) Yes, sir.
~ Weedon Scott buying White Fang from Beauty Smith.

Beauty Smith is the main antagonist of Jack London's White Fang. He is a hideous dogfighter who buys White Fang to fight dogs, because he was bullied and forced to grow up on the outskirts of society because of his hideousness.

Appearance

His vile appearance could be considered a hint to his nature: a hideous, distorted thing, hardly resembling a human in everything but basic shape. His head slants down to his neck uncompromisingly to meet a low and remarkably wide forehead. His large eyes are muddy and yellow and his face is prodigious. He has an enormous prognathous jaw that rests on his shoulder. His appearance is possibly due to the weariness of his slender neck, unable to support properly. His teeth are large and yellow, while his two eye-teeth showed under his lean lips like fangs. His hair is sparse and irregular of growth, muddy-dirty and yellow-dirty, rising on his head and sprouting out of his face in unexpected tuffs and bunches, in appearance like clumped and wind-blown grain.

Personality

Beauty Smith is a cruel, horrible man. He is an example of the equation of ugliness with spiritual meanness that is often present in stories, especially simple tales like White Fang. He is an excellent comparison with Grey Beaver and with Weedon Scott. Beauty rules by hatred. He bought White Fang because he saw the hatred and fierceness that was already instilled in the wolfdog. However, he uses hate to further White Fang's development. Grey Beaver is in the middle, ruling White Fang with mutual respect neutrally. Weedon Scott rules White Fang with love. When Beauty Smith is White Fang's master, this hatred turns itself in on White Fang; his hatred for Beauty Smith comes out in his fighting of their dogs.

Biography

When White Fang and Grey Beaver arrive in Fort Yukon, they encounter Beauty Smith. Beauty Smith wants to buy White Fang, but Grey Beaver refuses to sell. So Beauty brings Grey Beaver whiskey and gives it to him until all of his money is drunk away. Then Grey Beaver, entirely broke, sells White Fang to Beauty Smith. White Fang escapes and goes back to Grey Beaver, but Grey Beaver returns him to Beauty Smith, and White Fang is beaten. Finally, after several escapes and beatings, White Fang is secured with a chain, and Grey Beaver leaves the town.

White Fang becomes a professional fighting dog. Men make bets on him and he takes his hatred of Beauty out on the dogs and becomes known as "The Fighting Wolf." Even a lynx is pushed into his cage, but White Fang kills her; there are no fiercer animals to fight until the first bulldog named Cherokee in the Klondike and White Fang are brought together.

Cherokee and White Fang eye each other nervously in the circle. Neither is used to fighting this other type of dog and look at each other with confusion. Egged on by Tim Keenan, the bulldog makes a run for White Fang; he responds fiercely, yet is puzzled by the dog. Cherokee has a lot of thick flesh, and White Fang's teeth sink in, but it doesn't affect the bulldog. Cherokee is confused by White Fang's quickness. Finally, the bulldog sinks its teeth into White Fang's throat and will not let go. White Fang can do nothing to shake the dog off. Finally, just as White Fang is beginning to die, a wealthy gold hunter named Weedon Scott and his partner, Matt come into the midst of the fighting and separates the dogs. They pay Beauty Smith $150 for White Fang, even when he says that he won't sell him.

The two men try to tame White Fang and barely succeed, because it was White fang's first experience with love. When they're playing a game of cribbage, they hear a snarl and a cry outside. They hurry to the steps and see that White Fang has attacked Beauty Smith, who came with a club and a chain to try and steal White Fang back.

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Trivia

  • He had been called "Pinhead" throughout his childhood before he was called "Beauty".
  • Although he only appeared in the 4th part of the book, he is still the main antagonist, because he had bigger plans than anyone else and is easily the most evil character in the novel.
  • Beauty Smith is a small ugly guy with a heart equally dark. However, in the Disney film, his name holds more water since he's rather fair-looking.
  • Beauty Smith is explicitly compared to calling a bald man "Curly".
  • In the 1946 adaptation, he is renamed as "Handsome Smith" and is portrayed as a bartender instead of a cook.
  • In the 1997 animated film, he is portrayed as a vendor instead of a cook.
  • In the 1993 series, Beauty Smith only appeared in the 1st episode and the series takes place in the 1990's instead of the late 19th century.

See Also

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           Jack London Villains

Books
The Call of the Wild: Spitz† | Hal, Mercedes and Charles† | Manuel | Yeehats† | Black Burton† | Dolly† | The Man in the Red Sweater | Wild Huskies
The Sea-Wolf: Wolf Larsen
White Fang: Beauty Smith | Lip-Lip† | Jim Hall† | The Lynx† | Tim Keenan | Cherokee

Short Stories
Bâtard: Bâtard† | Black Leclère
The Leopard Man's Story: De Ville
Moon-Face: The Protagonist

Movies
Manuel | Spitz | Wild Huskies | Hal, Mercedes and Charles† | Black Burton | Yeehats† | Wolf Larsen† | Mr. Smith† | Francois and Perrault† | Beauty Smith (Zanna Bianca)† | Jim Hall (Zanna Bianca) | Chester | Corrupt Mountie | Smith's henchmen | Mr. Ferguson | Ferguson's henchmen | Alpha Wolf† | Murderers† | Beauty Smith (Shiroi Kiba Monogatari) | Beauty Smith's Coachman | The Lynx | Kooch | Lip-Lip | Tim Keenan | Cherokee | Beauty Smith (Disney) | Luke and Tinker | Sykes | Reverend Leland Drury† | Mr. Heath | Miners | Lloyd Halverson | The Protagonist (Moon-Face) | Beauty Smith (Croc-Blanc) | Curtis | Jim Hall (Croc-Blanc) | Ned

TV Shows
Spitz | Hal, Mercedes and Charles | Wolf Larsen | Beauty Smith | David | Jake | Sam Calman | Uncle Jay