The three brothers waited together for word about Dally and Johnny. The reporters and the police came and asked Pony so many questions he got mixed up. He didn't feel well anyway. Finally, things started to wind down and people started leaving. Darry had to convince the doctor that they were as good as family before they would give them any information about how Johnny and Dally were doing. The doctor told them Dally would be okay after his arm had a couple days to heal. He said Johnny was in critical condition. His back was broken, he was in shock, he had 3rd degree burns. If he lived, he would be crippled for the rest of his life. Pony was upset at the thought Johnny being crippled or maybe even dying. He couldn't speak for the fear of crying.