In Chapter 9 of The Outsiders, how are the winners of the rumble determined?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

During the rumble in Chapter 9 between the Greasers and Socs, Ponyboy gets kicked in the head and suffers a concussion. Shortly after getting kicked in the head, Ponyboy hears someone yelling, "They're running!...Look at the dirty—run!" (Hinton, 123). Ponyboy sits up and sees the Socs getting into their cars...

Unlock
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial

During the rumble in Chapter 9 between the Greasers and Socs, Ponyboy gets kicked in the head and suffers a concussion. Shortly after getting kicked in the head, Ponyboy hears someone yelling, "They're running!...Look at the dirty—run!" (Hinton, 123). Ponyboy sits up and sees the Socs getting into their cars to speed away. As Pony looks around at the scene of the brawl, he can see several Brumly boys beating up a Soc, Steve laying doubled on the ground, and Two-Bit bleeding from his face. Darry then announces that they won the rumble and beat the Socs. Apparently, the winners of the rumble are determined by which gang runs away first. Despite the fact that members of both gangs are seriously injured, the Greasers win the rumble because they did not retreat from the scene of the fight and were the last ones standing.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team