A crowd of reporters comes into the hospital waiting room, and Ponyboy answers their questions. Afterward, the doctor explains to Ponyboy and his brothers that Dallas will be okay within a few weeks.
The boys can do nothing more at the hospital so they go home to bed. In the morning, Ponyboy gets up first. He is cooking his family’s usual breakfast of eggs and chocolate cake when Two-Bit and Steve arrive with a morning paper. The front page is covered with stories about Ponyboy and the gang. Two-Bit offers to hang around for the day, and he tells stories while Ponyboy cleans the house.
When that job is finished, Ponyboy and Two-Bit walk around town. Soon they see the blue Mustang, and several Socs get out. Ponyboy wants to fight, but Two-Bit says all fights are off until that evening’s rumble. One of the Socs, Randy, asks to speak to Ponyboy alone. Randy wants to know why Ponyboy saved the kids in the fire. “I would have let those kids burn to death,” he says. After a moment, he adds that he never would have thought a greaser would save them either. Ponyboy says it does not matter whether a person is a Soc or a greaser in making a decision like that.
In the hospital room, Johnny is in pain. However, he is thrilled that the newspaper called him a hero. When the boys ask if he wants anything, Johnny asks them to bring some grease for his hair and a copy of Gone with the Wind, so Ponyboy can finish reading it to him. Johnny knows he is dying. “Sixteen years ain’t long enough,” he says. The nurse comes in and says Johnny’s mother is there to see him. Johnny refuses to let her in. Dallas is also restless.
On the bus home, Ponyboy feels feverish. He begs Two-Bit not to tell Darry, who will not let Ponyboy take part in the rumble if he is sick. As they walk past the vacant lot toward Ponyboy’s house, they see Cherry waiting in her Corvette. Ponyboy suggests that she go see Johnny in the hospital, and she says she cannot. Bob, was her boyfriend, and she loved him even though she knew he was cruel when he got drunk. Ponyboy understands, but it still makes him angry. He tells Cherry off, saying that she is not loyal to either side. This hurts Cherry.
Before the rumble, Ponyboy takes 5 aspirin as he is feeling uneasy. Then, the rumble begins. Ponyboy throws punches on a guy his size. Al the greasers are fighting with passion. After non-stop fighting, the socs run away. It is a victory for the greasers.