Ponyboy describes Darry in chapter one of The Outsiders as he watches Soda give his older brother a back rub. Darry works hard roofing houses, but he often came home feeling sore. Ponyboy contemplates that "Darry didn't deserve to work like an old man when he was only twenty" (16). Before his parents' accident, Darry had been extremely popular in school, captain of the football team, and chosen as 'Boy of the Year' out of his class. Due to the circumstances of having to provide for his younger brothers, however, Darry did not have enough money to go to college, even though he had earned an athletic scholarship. Ponyboy feels extremely guilty about the fact that his brother has given up so much for his sake, and deep down he fears that Darry resents him as a burden.
He was given a scholarship to a school but had to turn it down due to the fact of money and for the sake of Pony and Soda.