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The Outsiders Chapter 10 Summary
Dally leaves in the car, and Pony walk around, making himself believe Johnny isn't dead.
Pony stumbles around for "for hours" (10.2) when a young man in a car stops and offers Pony a ride.
He asks what happened to Pony and he says he was in a rumble.
The man tells him that he's "bleedin' all over [his] car seats" (10.6).
Pony hadn't even realized he was bleeding.
The man tells him it's his head. When Pony touches it, his hand is covered in blood.
The man gets Pony's address and drives him home.
The gang is here, looking pretty wounded from the rumble too.
Pony is confused.
He tells them Johnny's dead, even though something inside him doesn't believe it.
He also tells them Dallas ran off, like he was about to explode.
Pony realizes that "Johnny was the one thing Dally loved" (10.22).
Soda and Dally are concerned for Pony and they try to help him to a chair, but he won't let them.
The phone rings and Darry answers.
It's Dally on the line. He just robbed a grocery store and is running from the cops.
He's coming to the lot so the gang can help him hide.
They get to the lot about the same time as Dally, who's been running as fast as he can.
They hear the sirens and soon a police car arrives.
The officer gets out, and Dally takes something out of his waistband.
Pony remembers Dally telling him and Johnny that he'd started carrying a gun, but that it wasn't loaded.
Dally brandishes the gun at the policeman.
The policeman can't know that the gun isn't loaded, Pony realizes.
The policeman starts firing on Dally, and Pony prays that he won't die too.
But, he knows that "Dallas Winston wanted to be dead, and he always got what he wanted" (10.33).
He thinks of Dally saving Johnny from the burning building, and of helping them when they were in trouble.
He knows the paper won't praise Dally and call him a hero. At least Johnny died honorably.
The scene "swirl[s] into a mass of colors" (10.37) and then Pony falls to the ground.
When he wakes up, he finds Soda sitting on the bed watching him.
He learns he's pretty sick. He asks Soda, "Is Darry sorry I'm sick?" (10.44).
Soda eyes him oddly and tells him that Darry is indeed sorry. Then he tells him to go back to sleep. Pony's very tired, so he follows suit.
When Pony next wakes, he's starving and his mouth is very dry.
He sees Darry sitting in the chair next to him.
He learns he's been suffering from "exhaustion, shock, [and] a minor concussion" (10.54).
Suddenly, Pony remembers that Dallas and Johnny are dead.
He asks how he hurt his head, and Darry reminds him about the guy who was kicking him in the head during the rumble.
Pony learns that today is Tuesday. He's been sick since Saturday night, the night of the rumble.
He doesn't remember this, and is immediately worried about everything – missing school, going to court, Dallas.
He asks Darry if the courts will separate them now and Darry says he doesn't know.
Darry tells him that he was in the hospital, but he doesn't remember that at all.
Darry says that Ponyboy kept calling for him and for Soda.
Pony hopes he really did call for Darry.
Johnny had given his copy of
Gone with the Wind
to the nurse, and she'd then given it to Darry so that Pony could have the book.
It's on the table next to him, but now he doesn't want to read the rest of it.
Soon Soda wakes up and greets his little brother.
Darry tells him to be careful with Pony.
Darry offers to heat some soup and Pony, noticing his hunger, says that would be great.
But, he and Soda fall asleep before he comes back with it.
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