Darry fights his old "buddy" Paul Holden during the rumble between the greasers and the Socs in chapter nine. Darry and Paul had been friends and peers in high school, both playing on the football team. While Darry had to go to work after high school, Paul was able to attend college. The difference in outcomes for the two boys illustrates the contrast between the greasers, who come from lower class backgrounds, and the Socs, who are upper middle class. Even though Darry was Paul's equal in high school, both academically and athletically, he is relegated to a life of backbreaking labor while Paul attends college with the anticipation of advancing toward the same privileged life of his parents. Darry has to give up his dreams of college, despite having won a scholarship, and go to work to support his brothers after the death of the boys' parents. Ponyboy suggests that Darry now hates Paul, partly out of jealousy, but also because Darry knows that he is better than just his label as a greaser and that life has been unfair to him. In a bit of retribution, Darry winds up beating Paul in the fight and the greasers win the day.