What happens when Ponyboy comes home after his curfew in The Outsiders?

What happens when Ponyboy comes home after his curfew in The Outsiders is that his eldest brother, Darry, is waiting up for him, angry and worried. The three brothers all begin to yell at one another, and in the heat of the moment, Darry slaps Ponyboy. Before Darry can apologize, Ponyboy rushes out of the house to find Johnny, setting the stage for the fight in which Johnny kills one of the Socs.

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Ponyboy missing curfew winds up being the catalyst for a murder. His older brother, Darry, who has assumed responsibility for raising Ponyboy after their parents were killed in a car crash, is furious with him for missing curfew and making him worry. Darry, Ponyboy, and their other brother, Sodapop, get into an altercation which turns physical, and in the heat of the moment, Darry slaps Ponyboy hard, knocking him into the door.

Ponyboy then storms out of the house to go and find Johnny, whom he had been with earlier in the evening. Once he is back with Johnny, some Soc boys arrive on the scene. They are drunk and very keen for a fight. For the second time that evening, Ponyboy finds himself on the receiving end of a physical assault when Bob shoves his head under the water in the fountain. It’s difficult to be totally sure about what happened next, but the next thing Ponyboy knows, Bob is dead, having been fatally stabbed by Johnny, who was defending Ponyboy.

In the aftermath of this fight, Johnny and Ponyboy realize that they are going to have to hide out for a while to avoid the police. They take refuge in an abandoned church building while they figure out their next move.

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What happens when Ponyboy comes home after his curfew is that his eldest brother Darry is waiting up for him. When he enters their home, Darry is angry and asks Ponyboy where he has been.

"Where the heck have you been? Do you know what time it is?"

Earlier, Ponyboy had told Cherry that he does not get along with Darry and that he believes that Darry does not truly love him. Ponyboy feels that Darry resents him because so much responsibility fell on Darry’s shoulders when their parents died. What Ponyboy does not realize is that his brother is worried about him because he loves him. In the heat of the moment the three brothers all begin to yell at one another. Then “Darry wheeled around and slapped [Ponyboy] so hard that it knocked [him] against the door.”

All three are shocked at how quickly events got out of hand. Before Darry can apologize for what he has done, Ponyboy rushes out of the house to find Johnny.

This sets the stage for the horrible events that are about to unfold when the Socs find Ponyboy and Johnny and violence ensues. During the fight between the two groups, Johnny kills one of the Socs and he and Ponyboy decide to hide out in the old abandoned church while they figure out what to do.

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The scene in which Ponyboy arrives home late from his curfew is the point which starts the action and major conflicts in the novel. Ponyboy and Johnny fall asleep in a vacant lot after being out with Soc girls and having a brief run in with their boyfriends. Once Ponyboy wakes up, he heads home where Darry is waiting for him, and is angry. They get into a heated argument, and Darry ends up smacking Ponyboy. This causes Ponyboy to flee, and head back to Johnny in the vacant lot. 

Once he reunites with Johnny, the action takes off. A group of Soc boys show up drunk and in their corvairs. They surround the two boys and start a fight. Ponyboy is targeted first by Bob who holds his head under the water in the fountain. The next thing we know, Ponyboy is on the floor looking at a dead Bob, and Johnny holding a bloody knife. Johnny defended himself and Ponyboy, killing Bob.

Since this story is told from Ponyboy's point of view, as the reader we only see what Ponyboy sees, so we do not know exactly how the fight between Johnny and Bob went. The boys make a plan to go seek the assistance of Dally who is much wiser in these areas. They track Dally down, and Dally is able to get them out of town to hideout in an abandoned church in the country until things calm down. They leave that night without anyone else knowing. 

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Ponyboy and his friends are watching a movie in town. When the movie is over he heads back to Two-Bit's house to get his car and drive the girls home. Two-Bit heads off to try to find a poker game or to just get drunk, so Johnny and Ponyboy decide to lay in an empty parking lot, to watch the stars.

Ponyboy's curfew is midnight. He and Johnny sit in the lot and talk for awhile, then they fall asleep. Johnny wakes up and realizes it is two a.m. He wakes Ponyboy up and tells him he better get home. When Ponyboy gets home, Darry is up waiting for him. When Darry sees him, he starts yelling at Ponyboy. He questions him about where he has been and what he has been doing. Soda tries to stick up for Ponyboy, but Darry yells at him. Darry is so angry he ends up hitting Ponyboy and knocking him against the door. This is the first time anyone in his family has hit him, so Ponyboy runs out of the house. Darry is very upset with himself. Ponyboy finds Johnny and tells him he wants to run away. Johnny talks to him about how lucky he is to have a family that truly cares about him. After his conversation with Johnny, Ponyboy decides to return home after cooling off.

The Outsiders is one of those books, that touches the reader deep down. It is such an amazing story of the strength of young people, who don't have the greatest of lives. The character of Ponyboy represents all those people, who may not have everything, but are a really good person. He has a family that only wants what is best for him. 

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