How does Pony's dreaming, or lying to himself, finally work out?
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After the rumble, Dally and Ponyboy go to see Johnny at the hospital. When they arrive Johnny is dying. As they are visiting Johnny dies. Dally loses it and runs out. Ponyboy starts walking home and as he walks he tells himself that Johnny isn't dead. He tells himself that Johnny is "in the lot" or out with friend,or at his home. He keep imagining seeing Johnny at different places he used to hang out. He says his dreaming finally worked that he actually believes Johnny isn't dead. After Dally is killed and Pony collapse he is sick for several days. One of the Socs comes to visit him and says something about Johnny's death. Ponyboy says "what are you talking about? Johnny isn't dead."
Ponyboy's mind isn't ready to accept the loss yet and although he eventually accepts the truth, he does make himself believe, for awhile, that Johnny really didn't die.
contrast the mood of the greasers at the start of the rumble and after. What accounts for this changes.
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