What was the conversation about with Randy and Ponyboy in "The Outsiders"?

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rshaffer eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ponyboy (Greasers) and Randy (Soc) represent two very different worlds full of constant turmoil and fighting.  Bob Sheldon, the rich, handsome Soc, is Randy's best friend.  In one of the rumbles, Johnny kills Bob in order to protect Ponyboy.  Randy has a difficult time dealing with Bob's death, and before the next rumble, Randy has a talk with Ponyboy about all the trouble and tragedy that has occurred due to the fighting.  Randy shares with Pony that violence is wrong because "it doesn't do any good."  Randy chooses not to participate in the rumble, and he even goes as far as to visit Ponyboy in the hospital.