In "The Outsiders", why did Randy visit Ponyboy? Did Ponyboy learn anything from Randy throughout the story?
Ponyboy suffers a concussion after being beaten in the head during a rumble. In Chapter 11, Randy comes to visit him because he has missed several days from school. Randy tells Ponyboy that he came over to see how he was doing.
Still, readers can infer from Ponyboy and Randy's conversation that Randy is feeling guilty about all that has happened. It is the day before they are all to go before the judge and he is feeling pretty lousy about what transpired between the two groups. He says to Ponyboy:
"My dad says to tell the truth and nobody can get hurt. He's kind of upset about all this. I mean, my dad's a good guy and everything, better than most, and I kind of let him down, being mixed up in all this."
Readers should pay close attention to what is happening in this part of the book. According to Cherry (In Chapter 3), Socs don't feel anything. They keep up a charade of aloofness. However, by the end of the book, Randy admits to Ponyboy that he:
"..wouldn't mind getting fined, but I feel lousy about the old man. And it's the first time I've felt anything in a long time."
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