The Road Chapter 4 Summary and Analysis

Cormac McCarthy

Chapter 4 Summary and Analysis

The man could tell by the tracks and the other imprints on the road that the men in the truck have spent the night there. He walked back to where they first encountered the strangers. The man made the boy hide in the woods as he searched for the grocery cart he had left there. When he found it, he discovered that the cart had been emptied except for some ragged clothes and a worn-out pair of shoes. The scant remains of the boy’s toys were there too. Everything else was gone.

In the dim light he also saw dried blood. In a corner was a pile of skin and bones. From the clues that remained, the man figured out that they must have boiled the man he had killed. From this description, readers can...

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