Ponyboy gets hit for being late.
Maybe they are asleep and I could sneak in.
I didn't mean to...
Where have you been? Do you know what time it is?
I am leaving...
Ponyboy and Johnny fall asleep in the lot. Darry is strict about what time Pony gets back, and he is late. Ponyboy thinks that maybe they are asleep and he could sneak in. The text says, "I ran home, trembling at the thought of facing Darry. The porch light was on. Maybe they were asleep and I could sneak in.
"'Where the heck have you been? Do you know what time it is?' He was madder than I'd seen him in a long time. I shook my head wordlessly." When Ponyboy comes home Darry is awake and yells at him for being late, Most likely because he was worried about him. Pony's excuse is that he didn't mean to, but darry still gets very mad.
Darry's anger is so extreme that he slaps Pony across the face. no one in his family had ever done it before. Pony decides to run away and go to the park with Johnny. Little do they know what would happen there.
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