For what reason do they stop for the night with the old man
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The protagonists see a man slowly shuffling down the road. They follow him to determine whether he is a decoy for an ambush. Eventually, they overtake the old man. He is unkempt, filthy. “He looked like a pile of rags fallen off a cart” (137). The boy convinces his father to give the old man something to eat. The father allows the boy to give a tin of fruit to the old man. He tells his son they cannot keep the old man, but the child convinces his father to let them camp the night with the old man and give him a proper dinner.