What is a good chapter title for Chapter 8 in The Outsiders?  

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sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Chapter 8 is not all that exciting of a chapter compared to other chapters in Hinton's book The Outsiders.  Most of the chapter occurs within the halls of the hospital as Ponyboy and Two-Bit check in on Dally and Johnny.  The chapter weaves lots of reminders about the upcoming rumble, and as the chapter continues, the readers sees Ponyboy get more and more worried about the rumble itself.  He has a sick feeling that something bad is going to happen.  Based on Ponyboy's feelings, an appropriate chapter title might be "Premonition."  A premonition is a strong feeling that something bad or unpleasant will happen soon.  

In addition to Ponyboy not looking forward to the rumble, the reader learns that Randy has decided not to fight in the rumble.  Cherry shows up in the chapter as well and expresses her negative feelings about the fight too.  Because of all of these questioning thoughts about the rumble, I believe a good chapter title might be "Rumble Rumblings."  The dictionary defines rumblings as "general but unofficial talk or opinion often of dissatisfaction."  I feel that word is quite appropriate in the context of this chapter.