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Charles went to a bar and bought drinks for some drummers and then left with them. With gun in hand, Cyrus went looking for Charles, intending to kill him; however, he did not find Charles.
When Charles found out that his father was hunting him, he hid for two weeks. When he returned home, Cyrus’s anger was spent, and he just put Charles to hard work.
Hearing that his father was hunting for him, Charles hid for two weeks before going home. By the time he arrived, Cyrus was no longer very angry. Steinbeck believed it was a twist of fate that kept Cyrus from killing Charles.