As soon as Stanley realizes he and Zero may really make it to the Big Thumb, he begins to doubt that they will find water there, but he does not give up. He sets out uphill with Zero beside him. Soon the boys leave the barren lake behind. They walk past thorny weeds and begin to be tormented by bugs.
Stanley desperately wants a rest, but he is scared that he and Zero will not be able to start again if they stop. He resolves to keep going as long as Zero keeps going. To pass the time, he restarts the game of spelling words for Zero to sound out.
Suddenly, Zero vomits up all...
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