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Darry has warned him not to go out alone because of the Socs, but when the novel begins, Pony has been to themovies by himself and is walking home alone. Although Pony resents Darry’s intrusions into his life, it is obvious that he also stands in awe of this twenty-year-old brother. Pony thinks he is very handsome, for he is six feet two inches tall and has eyes like “twopieces of pale blue-green ice.” Pony also appreciates the fact that Darry dropped out of school in order to go towork to support Soda and him. But Pony gets tired of Darry’s criticism, especially about studying harder.Though Soda assures Pony that Darry really does love him, the younger brother does not believe him, for Darrynever shows him any affection. Although he is awed over Darry, Pony idolizes his middle brother, Soda, who tries to understand and supportPony. In spite of the fact that he is only seventeen years old, Soda has dropped out of school because he was apoor student. He now works in a gas station with his best friend, Steve Randle. Soda is described as a happy-go-lucky boy who gets “drunk on just plain living,” never touching a drop of real alcohol. Within the chapter, other Greasers are introduced and developed. Two-Bit Mathews, is still a junior in highschool even though he is eighteen and a half years old. He is infamous for having the last word, shoplifting,getting in fights, and using his black-handled switchblade, which he has stolen. Another gang member is Dallas5TheBestNotes.com.Copyright 2003, All Rights Reserved. No further distribution without written consent.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton - MonkeyNotes by PinkMonkey.comThe full study guide is available for download at: Winston, usually called Dally. His meanness is reflected in his eyes, which are ‘blue, blazing ice, cold with ahatred of the whole world.’ He first went to jail at the age of ten and has been in and out of prison ever since; heis known for drinking too much, riding in rodeos, rolling drunks, and cheating. Dally is also respected, for hehas spent three years on the wild side of New York and is known for his meanness. Everyone in the gang is protective of Johnny Cade, who has the look of a small puppy that has been kicked toooften. His father constantly beats him, and his mother either yells at or ignores him. The Greasers have becomehis substitute family, trying to care for him and to answer his needs. Unfortunately, when the novel opens,Johnny has already been jumped and severely beaten by the Socs, an action that caused his nervousness toincrease and his sense of insecurity to flourish. CHAPTER 2SummaryThe following night Dally, Johnny, and Pony go to the drive-in movie. They sneak in over the back fence,because Dally does not like to do things the legal way. They seat themselves behind two girls who are friendsof the Socs. Dally, tries to provoke them by speaking in an abusive manner and putting his feet up on the backof one of their chairs. The girl threatens to call the police if they are not left alone.