In this section, multiple scenes foreshadow the man's death. The man's cough is getting worse and he admits to himself that he is dying and isn't sure how he can do that with his son still alive. He is afraid of leaving his son alone and continues to do all he can to protect the boy, even trying to spare him the guilt of forgetting to turn off the gas valve on the stove. The boy has a dream in which his father won't wake up even though the boy is crying for him. The landscape is as hopeless as ever, with multiple images of death, such as the bones of dead creatures in the gullies and fields. The image of the man and the boy on the train again recalls father and son moments from the world that no longer exists. The man places his son in the engineer's seat and
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ENG 1310 taught by Professor Pilkington during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.