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They go back to the iron bridge and make camp under it. Even though The Boy is scared, The Man leaves him to gather some wood for a fire.
The Man gathers wood and lights a fire.
The Man gathers more wood. He can see their fire from a distance, but he thinks no one can see it from the main road.
They take inventory: binoculars, some gasoline, some water, pliers, spoons, and five tins of food.
They eat a can of corn.
After they eat, The Man takes The Boy down to the water and washes the roadrat's blood and brains out of The Boy's hair.
The Boy doesn't seem to be doing so well. The Man makes a bed for him in the sand and dries his hair.
The Man thinks some lofty thoughts: "All of this like some ancient anointing" (116.1).
The Man wakes up and gets some more firewood. The Boy is still asleep but The Man runs his hands through his hair and thinks some vague, religious thoughts like: "Golden chalice, good to house a god" (117.1).
The Man puts some more wood on the fire. He thinks about the roadrat: "My brother at last" (118.1).
When he wakes up, he makes a can of beets. The Boy watches him.
There's new snow on the road. Luckily, no footprints or tracks anywhere.
They head down the road.
That night they camp in a ravine and eat their last tin of food.
The Man has to assure The Boy that the roadrat was one of "the bad guys" and that they're "still the good guys" (120.5, 120.8).