Ponyboy is trying to hide his illness and took five aspirins when no one was looking because he figured that the four aspirins would get rid of his headache and the one extra would keep himself going during the rumble.
Ponyboy questions everybody's reason to fight and finds that Soda fights for amusement, Steve for hate, Darry fought for pride, and two-Bit for conformity.
The Greasers were having a rumble against the Socs in the vacant lot. Then the Greasers managed to chase off the Socs which meant that they won the rumble."We won," Darry announced in a tired voice. He was going to have a black eye and there was a cut across his forehead. "We beat the Socs."(Hinton 123).
After the rumble Ponyboy and Dally go to the hospital because Johnny wanted to see Ponyboy but are stopped by the police for speeding. Dally lied to the officer that Ponyboy fell off his motorcycle and that he got hurt and were rushing to the hospital."The kid"--- Dally jerked a thumb toward me--- "he fell over on his motorcycle and I'm takin' him to the hospital."(Hinton 124).
"he fell over on his motorcycle and I'm takin' him to the hospital."
"Is he real bad? Do you need an escort?"
After getting stopped by the police and being let go for speeding Dally and Ponyboy went to the hospital to see Johnny and to tell them that they have won the rumble. But they got there he was in critical condition and was dying. Then eventually he died. Right before Johnny died he told Ponyboy to "Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold..."(Hinton 126).
"Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold..."
After Johnny dies Dallas starts to speak to Johnny and tells him this is what you get for helping people and looks like he is about to cry and runs out the door and down the hall.