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by Cormac McCarthy
The Road Sections 221-230 Summary How It All Goes Down
Section 221 They drink some Coca-Cola. The Man goes and gets their jeans. The Boy wants to know how long they can stay. The Man says they can't stay for long because it's dangerous. Section 222 Once The Boy falls asleep, The Man drags some furniture from the house to put around the hatch. He covers it with a mattress. ("It wasn't much of a ruse but it was better than nothing" (222.1).) The Man whittles some fake bullets, stains them, and puts them in his gun. Section 223 The Man thinks that if only he'd saved the cartridge casings from his revolver he could reload them. He kisses The Boy and goes to sleep. Section 224 They walk into town and pick up a new shopping cart at a grocery store. The Boy suggests they take two carts, but The Man reminds him that someone has to be on the lookout. They talk about how they never see any "good guys" on the road and how they always need to be on the lookout for trouble. Section 225 The Man cuts The Boy's hair, then he cuts his own and trims his beard. This is actually a really touching passage in the book – you should read it. Section 226 They eat dinner by candlelight. The Man tries some whiskey he found in the bunker but it makes him dizzy. Section 227 The Man hears rain on the mattress above them. He opens the hatch. The yard is flooded "but the bunker itself seemed pretty watertight" (227.1). Section 228 When he wakes up, the rain has stopped. He had a weird dream with "creatures of a kind he'd never seen before" (228.1). The Man realizes he must seem strange to The Boy because the world he's from doesn't exist anymore. A part of him wishes they'd never found the bunker. Section 229 The Man takes apart the stove, then reassembles it with just the tank and burner so it's lighter. He opens the hatch. It's drizzling. He closes it, then "set[s] about making breakfast" (229.1). Section 230 They eat and sleep all day and sort through the stores in the bunker. It's still raining. Once it's dark they start loading the cart (which they'd hid in the tool shed) with their supplies. They eat dinner and sleep. The next morning they bathe, eat breakfast, and head out.
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