What condition is Johnny in after the fire in S.E. Hinton's novel The Outsiders?
It seems as if Johnny took in too much smoke during his rescue efforts during the fire. Ponyboy and Dallas leave with only a few scratches and burns, but Johnny arrives at the hospital pale and unconscious due to the fact that a large beam clobbered him in the church; this also means that he suffered a horrible head injury. Smoke inhalation and a bad concussion could be precursors to lack of oxygen and internal bleeding, not to mention the fact that brain injuries can be worse if there is blood-clotting that cuts off circulation throughout the body or to the brain itself. As a result, Johnny does die because of his injuries, whereas Ponyboy and Dallas remain to fight the big rumble with the Socs.