In The Outsiders, why did Ponyboy collapse the night of the rumble?

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Ponyboy had been feeling exhausted and sick since he returned home from hiding out in Windrixville and narrowly surviving the church fire. Despite his fever and exhaustion, Pony takes five aspirins and participates in the violent rumble. During the rumble, Ponyboy suffers several injuries and gets kicked so hard in...

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Ponyboy had been feeling exhausted and sick since he returned home from hiding out in Windrixville and narrowly surviving the church fire. Despite his fever and exhaustion, Pony takes five aspirins and participates in the violent rumble. During the rumble, Ponyboy suffers several injuries and gets kicked so hard in the head that he almost loses consciousness. Immediately after the rumble, Dally drives him to the hospital to see Johnny, who tragically dies in front of his friends. After witnessing the death of his close friend, Pony gets a ride home and tells the Greasers about Johnny's death. Pony then follows the other Greasers as they sprint towards the vacant lot and witness police officers kill Dally for waving a gun in the air. Pony is exhausted by the end of the night and ends up losing consciousness after witnessing Dally's death. The reason Pony collapses is a combination of exhaustion, stress, physical injuries, and experiencing the tragic deaths of his two friends.

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The morning after Ponyboy returned from Jay Mountain he is feeling pretty bad, but he encourages his family to go on with their regular day so they won't get fired from their jobs.  He and Two-Bit decide to go to the hospital to see Johnny and Dally.  On the way to the hospital and on the way home Ponyboy is feeling really bad.  He has a fever and he is sick.  He makes Two-Bit promise not to tell his brothers that he is sick and he takes several aspirin before the fight. 

During the fight Ponyboy is hit hard in the head and really takes some hard knocks.  With the stress from the fight, the hits he took to the head, and the illness he had going into the fight his body just gave out and he collapsed at the end of the fight.

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