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by Cormac McCarthy
The Road Sections 121-130 Summary How It All Goes Down
Section 121 The Man takes a flute out of his pocket and gives it to The Boy. (When did The Man whittle a flute? Your guess is as good as ours.) The Boy falls back a little and plays. Section 122 They bust out the binoculars. From the ridge they can see remnants of a town with a mill. Also, a wisp of smoke. The Man says they should check it out. Section 123 They leave the cart in the woods and wander the streets. There's not much they can use in the town. They do find some suit jackets in a store, though. Section 124 They look through a "foodmarket" but they don't find much there either. Section 125 Then they check the houses at the edge of town. The Man finds a corpse in one of them, but that's it. Section 126 Outside of town, they hear a dog bark. It's getting dark and they're cold and hungry. Section 127 They sleep in a car. The Man can see a few lights scattered across the town. Section 128 The Man wakes up in the night and doesn't know where he is, which makes him smile. There's a brief exchange about how they're "carrying the fire" (128.8). Section 129 The next morning it's raining. They wait it out in the car then go scavenge some more. Section 130 They find some utensils, plastic for a tarp, and some clothing. In one pantry, they even find some cornmeal. They make and eat cornmeal cakes.
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