What discovery do Randy and Ponyboy make when they meet at Tasty Freeze in chapter 7 of The Outsiders?

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Randy and Ponyboy discover that they can see each other as people and not just members of their gangs.

When Randy and Pony encounter each other in front of the Tasty Freeze, they have a conversation instead of a fight.  Randy and Ponyboy both discover that they do not hate each other, as they had been led to believe, and they have more in common than they had thought.  Randy says he does not want to come to the rumble.  After the conversation, both boys see each other as people and not as greasers or Socs.

"Running away won't help."

"Oh, hell, I know it;" Randy half-sobbed, "but what can I do? I'm marked chicken if I punk out at the rumble, and I'd hate myself if I didn't. I don't know what to do." (Ch. 7)

When they part ways, Randy says goodbye to Pony with his name instead of just calling him “grease,” and Pony defends Randy to Two-bit as “just a guy.”  Pony realizes that some of the Socs know that the fighting is harmful and things are “rough all over.”  He begins to feel better, despite Bob’s death and what happened to Johnny.

Randy explains that the fighting among classes is pointless.

You can't win, even if you whip us. You'll still be where you were before-at the bottom. And we'll still be the lucky ones with all the breaks. So it doesn't do any good, the fighting and the killing. (Ch. 7)

The conversation between Randy and Pony demonstrates that the events in the park have changed things for Pony and Randy.  While the others are still willing to fight, avenging and rumbling as always, not everyone feels that way.  The younger generation may not be as interested in continuing the trend of blood for blood.  As Randy points out, there is no point to the class warfare.  The two of them, at least, have found a way to see each other as people.

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