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That Was Then, This Is Now

by S. E. Hinton

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What happens to Charlie's car in That Was Then, This Is Now?

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In Chapter 3, Charlie allows Bryon to borrow his car to take Cathy Carlson to the school dance. After Mark ends up getting hit in the head with a bottle during a fight, Bryon rides with him to the hospital and leaves his car at the school. Right before Bryon calls a taxi for a ride home, Ponyboy arrives with Cathy at the hospital in Charlie's car. When Bryon asks Pony how he started the car without a key, Ponyboy tells him that he hot-wired it. At the beginning of Chapter 4, Bryon returns Charlie's car and explains what happened to him. Bryon mentions that Charlie wasn't interested in what he had to say because he just received a draft notice. Later on in the novel, Charlie dies in a gunfight, and the police give Bryon his car. Bryon mentions that he took the car because Charlie would have given it to them. 

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