Why doesnʼt the father go back to search for the other boy?
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The father knows that the boy is not alone, that there is another group of questionable size hiding.
He could see the tracks of the truck through the wet ash, faint and washed out, but there. He thought that he could smell them.
McCarthy, Cormac (2007-03-20). The Road (Vintage International) (p. 85). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.