Why does it seem like more than twenty-four hours since Johnny and Ponyboy had met Dally on the corner of Pickett and Sutton?

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At the beginning of Chapter 5, Ponyboy wakes up in the abandoned church and attempts to remember how he ended up getting there. As he is pumping water from the spigot behind the church, he mentions

"It seemed much longer than twenty-four hours since Johnny and I had met Dally at the corner of Pickett and Sutton" (Hinton 60).

Ponyboy then begins to think about worst case scenarios until Johnny returns from the store.

The reason Ponyboy commented that it seemed longer than twenty-four hours from the time he met Dally on the corner of Pickett and Sutton is because so much had happened in the past day. Ponyboy and Johnny had snuck into the movies and ended up hanging out with two Soc girls. After the movies, Ponyboy and Johnny stayed out late daydreaming until Ponyboy realized that it was past his curfew. When Ponyboy returned home, he got into an argument with Darry and ended up running away. Johnny then met him at the park, and the Socs showed up. Bob Sheldon attempted to drown Ponyboy and Johnny saved his life by stabbing Bob. Ponyboy and Johnny then met up with Dally who told them to hide out in the abandoned church on Jay Mountain. The boys then snuck into a boxcar and rode the train to Windrixville where they ended up hiding out. In just twenty-four hours, Ponyboy's life has drastically changed, and he has become a fugitive who is hiding from the police.

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