Will fights back with the handcuffs (referred to here as "manacles"), hitting Hawkshaw in the mouth (3.20).
Henry hits Will, too.
Will stops fighting it and gets into the car.
On one side of him is Hawkshaw, and on the other, the soldier.
Butch is on the "running board" (3.20).
(Click here for a picture of some guys standing on a running board.)
They drive past town, with the other car behind them.
The soldier says that Will smells bad.
The stranger (from Part 1) says that a solution to the problem is forthcoming. He's sitting in the front with McLendon.
(It will help later if we take stock of who is where in the car. There are three men in the back seat: Hawkshaw, Will, and the ex-soldier. Two men are in the front: McLendon and the stranger. A sixth man, Butch, is outside the car, on the running board.)
Suddenly Hawkshaw asks to be let out of the car.
McLendon calls him a "niggerlover" and tells him to take a leap if he wants out (3.26).
When McLendon turns onto a thin road, Hawkshaw asks again, and McLendon tells him to go for it, again.
Now Will tries to speak to Hawkshaw, calling him "Mr. Henry," twice (3.29, 30).
Hawkshaw has kicked open the door, and jumped from the running board.
The car speeds on…
Hawkshaw is in a dusty ditch.
He waits until car number two has passed, and then he begins to walk toward town.
The moon is high above the dust now.
Soon Hawkshaw sees the town.
When he hears cars, he hides.
McLendon's car comes after the other car this time. There are four only four people in it now.
Let's recap who is where in the car. We started with six men in the car. When Hawkshaw jumps, we are left five guys. Now there are four.
We know one of them is McLendon, because he's driving.
So, Butch, the soldier, the stranger, or Will Mayes is missing. Keep this in mind as you read the rest of the story.
The car drives on in the dust.
Hawkshaw continues walking to town, injured slightly from his jump.