The Road Sections 141-150 Summary
How It All Goes Down
- It's morning again. The Man wakes to see a huge group of people on the road. They lay low.
- These people, as The Man says, are definitely "bad guys": they have all sorts of weaponry and slaves with them.
- They wait for the "bad guys" to pass.
- They retrieve the cart and push it out to the road.
- By afternoon it's snowing again.
- The Boy keeps falling behind. The Man says they'll rest when he sees a good place.
- It must be really cold because at this point The Boy is shivering and The Man is coughing.
- The Boy asks The Man a tough question: "If we were going to die would you tell me?" The Man says he doesn't know, but that they're not going to die.
- They look for shelter. They leave the cart, but the Man wraps up their coats and blankets in the tarp. They find a stand of cedars.
- There's a dry space under each of the cedars. They settle there and the man makes a fire with dead needles. The Man heads out for some more substantial wood.
- The snow is piling up. The Man keeps gathering fallen branches. The Boy helps.
- It keeps snowing all night. The Man keeps waking up to add branches to the fire.
- The Man looks at the sleeping boy and thinks The Boy might not be able to travel much more, especially since the road will be covered in snow.
- The Man hears a crashing sound in the woods and wakes up. The cedars, under the weight of the snow, are snapping and falling down.
- They grab their stuff and try to find "a clear space in the darkness" (150.1). When all the snapping and crashing noises have stopped, The Man tunnels out a little shelter for them under a fallen tree. They sleep there in the "bitter cold" (150.1).