How many Greasers and Socs were at the rumble?
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Twenty two Socs show up for the rumble; there are only twenty Greasers, but they manage to win this battle in the turf war. The opening punches are thrown by Darry and his friend from high school, Paul Holden, who had also been his teammate when the two played football together. This was an irony Hinton developed to complicate the story; Darry had actually been a Soc at one time, with a promising football and academic career. The death of the Curtis brothers' parents had caused Darry to either see himself and his brothers separated into foster homes, or alternately, he could go to work to earn a living to keep the family together. He chose the latter, working hard in construction and transferring his hopes for the future to Ponyboy.
22 Socs vs 20 Greasers.
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