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Dally's encounter with the police in The Outsiders

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In The Outsiders, Dally's encounter with the police is fatal. After robbing a grocery store, he is pursued by the authorities. In a desperate act, he brandishes an unloaded gun, prompting the police to shoot him. This event underscores Dally's inner turmoil and ultimate self-destructive path.

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In The Outsiders, how does Dally react before the police shoot him?

If you start at the moment that Johnny died in the hospital, it is clear that Dally's heart had broken. He rages at Johnny not to die and then says "that's what you get for tryin' to help people." It is clear that Johnny was incredibly important to him. Dally may very well have hoped that by taking care of Johnny he could help him avoid the terrible things he had seen and felt in prison and in his life on the streets. So once Johnny is gone, his reason for trying to keep it together seemed to disappear.

It would seem from the way it is described that Dally wanted to get caught and wanted to get chased by the police. When he pulls the gun in front of the chasing police, Pony recognizes that this was what he wanted. He even says that he died "with a look of grim triumph on his face," and that death was what he really wanted.

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In The Outsiders, describe Dally's encounter with the police.

Dally encounters the police after he is on the run for holding up a liquor store.  He frantically called Darry's house, asking for help, and the gang agrees to meet him in the vacant lot.  As Dally nears the vacant lot, the police are also right behind him.  He makes the fatal mistake of showing his gun, and the police open fire.  Dally is shot down under the street light, right in front of his friends. 

Later, Ponyboy reflects that Dally pulled his gun on the police because he wanted to die.  The older, streetwise boy knew the police would open fire if he were armed.

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In The Outsiders, what excuse did Dally give when stopped by the police?

After the greasers beat the Socs in a rumble, Dally is taking Ponyboy to see Johnny in the hospital. Johnny's condition is deteriorating, and he wants to see Ponyboy. When they are driving, the police pull them over. Dally tells Ponyboy to tell the police he is taking Ponyboy to the hospital. When the police question Dally, he tells them that Ponyboy has fallen on his motorcycle and that Dally is taking him to the hospital. This is a fitting excuse, as Ponyboy is all banged up and has cuts and bruises from the rumble. Ponyboy already feels very dizzy. The police ask Dally if he wants an escort to the hospital, and he says yes. Ponyboy and Dally arrive at the hospital to see Johnny in very good time, as the police lead the way with their siren on.

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In The Outsiders, what excuse did Dally give when stopped by the police?

In Chapter 9, the boys beat the Socs in a rumble and Dally tells Ponyboy to get into the car because Johnny is dying and they need to see him at the hospital. Dally is driving his friend Buck Merril's T-Bird as fast as he can down Tenth Street when the boys hear sirens. Dally turns to Ponyboy and instructs him to "look sick." Pony leans his head against the glass and starts to act sick. When the policeman approaches the car and knocks on the window, he asks Dally, "Where's the fire?" Dally points to Ponyboy and tells the officer that Pony fell off a motorcycle, and he is taking him to the hospital. Ponyboy groans for dramatic effect and the officer asks Dally if he would like an escort. The officer believes Dally's excuse and Dally calls him a "sucker." The policeman drives ahead of the boys, and they make it to the hospital in record time.

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