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Mark and Ben leave town and spend the night in a hotel several towns away.
Ben returns to Jerusalem's Lot where he burns his book and destroys a souvenir he took from the Marsten House as a child.
Ben buries Jimmy and the Petries in the backyard of the Petrie home.
When Ben burns the manuscript and breaks the paperweight, he is breaking his connections to 'Salem's Lot. By burying the bodies, he is tying up what he believes are his own personal loose ends in town before leaving again. He wants to be able to leave everything behind him.