A crowd of reporters arrived at the hospital and asked Ponyboy many questions. After they left the doctor explains to Ponyboy and Dallas that if Johnny survives he will be crippled for life due to injuries caused by the fire.
One of the Socs asks to speak to Ponyboy. Randy the Soc asks Ponyboy why he would save the kids in the fire and Ponyboy explains that out is a human thing to do. Ponyboy further explains that he wants to run away and not participate in gang culture.
Ponyboy and Two-Bit go to visit Johnny in the hospital. They realize that he is dying and tell him that i will be okay. Johnny's mother arrives at the room telling Johnny this is the effect of the gang and goes on to say everything wrong with her sons life.
On there way home Ponyboy and Two-Bit come across Cherry Valance. Cherry tells them that the Socs plan on fighting without weapons and playing to the rules. Ponyboy tells Cherry that she should visit Johnny at the hospital but she says that he was the murderer of her boyfriend Bob and she is still a part of the Socs.
During the fight many of the Socs run away since the Greasers have won. As Ponyboy falls unconcious he goes to see Johnny at the hospital since he is dying and wants to see Ponyboy.
On there way home Dally gets shot by the police since he is holding a gun and Ponyboy realizes he has lost two people in his life.