99.9% of the time, he is trying to get him to control his crying. This time, he is trying to make him cry harder than ever, and to remember it. He puts on a mask and yells at the boy. The boy starts off wailing, but then starts to whimper, terrified. He cannot understand why this man, who allows himself to be manipulated in so many other situations, is suddenly so frightening.
The father walks away to let her comfort him. He feels a great deal of guilt. Was it too much? Was he in control? He has several drinks to drown out the moment, to forget the pleading look on his son's face. He convinces himself that since his father did it to him, it is the right thing to do.