For a film as bleak at this one Ed Tom Bell's closing monologue stands out:
And in the dream, I knew that he [Ed Tom's father] was going on ahead and fixin' to make a fire somewhere in all that dark and all that cold. And I knew that whenever I got there he'd be there. And then I woke up.
The two boys helping Anton when he's wounded after a car accident, with one of them giving him the shirt off his back to use to stop the bleeding and intending on doing this for free despite the money Anton offers. The boys have no idea that Anton is a murderer and an all around horrible man who doesn't deserve the help, but that their first instinct upon seeing a stranger so badly hurt is to offer him help is rather touching