In chronological order, what are the major events that take place in chapter 7 of The Outsiders?

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Chapter 7 takes place after Ponyboy and Johnny heroically rescued the kids from the church fire. The chapter begins with Ponyboy and his brothers at the hospital waiting for information on Johnny's condition. Both police and reporters are also present trying to get information on what happened. Dealing with the...

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Chapter 7 takes place after Ponyboy and Johnny heroically rescued the kids from the church fire. The chapter begins with Ponyboy and his brothers at the hospital waiting for information on Johnny's condition. Both police and reporters are also present trying to get information on what happened. Dealing with the reporters is exhausting for Ponyboy, but Soda is basking in the attention. The reporters eventually leave, and the doctor brings out information.

The information is both good news and bad news. The good news is that Dally is going to be fine. The bad news is that Johnny is in critical condition and could possibly die. The news is shocking. Pony and his brothers go home. Ponyboy is so exhausted that Darry has to carry him to bed.

The next morning Ponyboy finds out that the papers are making him out to be a hero. The article isn't all great news as it informs everybody that Johnny is still going to have to be tried for manslaughter. Things get worse too once they read that there is a real possibility that the courts might split up the Curtis family. On top of all of that, Ponyboy did re-experience his recurring nightmare again.

Readers then get some information about the upcoming party and rumble. We are told that Sandy has been sent away as well.

Two-Bit and Ponyboy head to the hospital a bit later, but they are followed by a Mustang with some Socs in it. Pony is nervous, but the encounter does not lead to violence. Randy is in the car, and he has an unbelievably honest conversation with Ponyboy. Randy admits that he can't believe some Greasers acted so heroically, and Ponyboy says it has nothing to do with being a Greaser. Randy also admits that he is tired of all of the fighting and just wants to leave. Ponyboy understands but knows that leaving won't solve all the problems. As the conversation ends, Ponyboy no longer thinks of Randy as a Soc. He's just another guy with problems.

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  1. While the boys are in the waiting room of the hospital, a crowd of reporters surrounds them and begins asking numerous questions. Sodapop enjoys all the attention and makes the reporters laugh.
  2. When the reporters leave, Darry speaks to the doctor, who informs him that Dally will be okay but Johnny is in critical condition with a broken back and severe burn marks.
  3. The next morning, Pony wakes up early and is cooking eggs when Two-Bit and Steve come over. The boys show Pony the newspaper and the article refers to him, Johnny, and Dally as local heroes. Pony also discovers that he will appear in juvenile court for running away and there is a possibility that he may be sent to a boys' home.
  4. Pony then mentions to Darry that he had a nightmare but cannot remember exactly what happened. Pony says that he woke up sweating and in a panic, which foreshadows the upcoming tragedies he will experience.
  5. Pony then discovers that Soda's girlfriend, Sandy, moved to Florida to live with her grandmother.
  6. After Darry and Soda leave, Pony and Two-Bit clean up the house before heading to the Tasty Freeze, where Pony runs into a Soc named Randy Adderson. Randy praises Pony for saving the children from the burning church and explains to him that he will not participate in the rumble. Randy believes that fighting will not solve anything and feels like he has no other option but to run away. Pony offers Randy some words of encouragement and views him as a regular guy.
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  1. Pony, Soda, and Darry wait in the hospital to hear how Johnny and Dally are after the church fire. Pony has a hard time answering the questions of police and reporters, but they find Soda endlessly entertaining.
  2. The nurses will not tell them anything. Darry talks to a doctor, who says he will only talk to family. Darry tells him they are “about as much family as Dally and Johnny had.”
  3. When they learn about Johnny’s condition, it is not good. He is conscious and asking for Dally and Pony.
  4. Johnny is in critical condition. His back broke when the piece of timber fell on him. He was in severe shock and suffered from third-degree burns. The hospital staff did everything they could to ease the pain, although since his back was broken he couldn't even feel the burns below his waist.
  5. Pony and the others are horrified to learn Johnny might not live. Darry decides they should go home.  Pony is so tired he can’t get out of the car, so Darry carries him inside.
  6. Pony wakes up the next morning and starts making breakfast. Eggs and chocolate cake are the usual Curtis breakfast, washed down with chocolate milk or coffee.
  7. Two-Bit and Steve walk in. The Curtis door is always unlocked in case a friend needs a place to crash. Two-Bit teases Pony about his hair and Steve asks him how he feels about being a hero. Pony is surprised to read about the story in the paper. Cherry and Randy defended the Greasers to the police, telling them Bob was the attacker. Charges are still being filed, though.
  8. The paper says the police were charging Johnny for manslaughter. Pony learns he and Johnny are also expected to appear at juvenile court for running away.
  9. Pony worries for the first time that the incident might result in Darry losing custody of Pony and Soda.
  10. Pony finds out Soda’s girlfriend was sent to Florida by her parents so Soda cannot marry her.
  11. Pony wants to clean the house in case reporters or social workers come to check on them. Darry tells him to take some aspirin because he doesn’t look good.
  12. They go to Tasty Freeze, and Randy asks to talk to Pony. Two-Bit reminds him not to fight before the rumble, and Pony doesn’t really want to talk to the guy who tried to drown him. Randy asks about the church fire and tells Pony he doesn’t want to fight any more and won’t participate in the rumble. He says Bob acted the way he did because his parents were too permissive, essentially blaming them and not Johnny for Bob’s death. Pony decides that Socs are “human too.”
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