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At the beginning of Chapter 9 of The Outsiders, all of the greasers are focused on the upcoming rumble with the Socs. They see it as their chance to avenge Johnny and "beat those Socs heads in," but Ponyboy no longer sees the allure of fighting (133). He realizes that he does not hate the Socs anymore. Tensions build at the rumble when Darry squares off against his old football buddy Paul, and Dally shows up at the last minute, escaped from hospital bed. The Socs are the first to run away from the lot, so the greasers win. As soon as the fight is over, Dally and Ponyboy leave quickly to go tell Johnny at the hospital. When they arrive, Johnny is quickly fading. He tells Ponyboy to "stay gold," and dies. Dally is visibly upset, punches the wall, and leaves in a huff.
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