Dally stalks off, and Cherry and her friend Marcia invite Ponyboy and Johnny to watch the movie with them.
Two-Bit, one of Ponyboy’s friends, comes to announce that Dally has slashed Tim Shepard’s tires and is going to have to fight him. Two-Bit explains the greasers’ two main rules: always stick together and never get caught.
When the Socs jump Ponyboy in the opening chapter, it suggests that Ponyboy lives in a place where even an innocent walk is fraught with danger.
Hinton defines her characters as she thinks people should be defined in life—not according to the group to which they belong, but according to their individual characteristics.
For instance, she introduces Ponyboy not as a tough street youth but as a boy who likes to read and watch sunsets.
Ponyboy is something of an anthropologist, a natural role for a narrator, and he observes and records the group dynamics and individual traits of his fellow greasers.Hinton shows the constant conflict between the greasers and the Socs, but she also shows that the two groups are not as different as they initially appear.After meeting faceless, cruel Socs, we meet Cherry Valance, a Soc who is also a sympathetic, warm girl.They talk about the rodeo and about Sodapop, whom Cherry describes as a “doll.” She asks what became of Sodapop, and although the admission embarrasses him, Ponyboy says that Sodapop dropped out of school to work in a gas station.Dally comes back and offers a Coke to Cherry, but she throws it in his face. When he will not listen to Cherry’s protests, the usually quiet Johnny stuns Dally by telling him not to bother the girls.The Socs could be recognized by their fancy clothes and cars. It also teaches readers valuable life lessons that will follow them for the rest of their lives.One life lesson is not to judge someone by their looks.Cherry looks distressed and assures him that not all Socs are violent like the Socs that beat Johnny.She also tells him that Socs have problems just as the greasers do, but Ponyboy does not believe her.Instead of getting to know one another, the two groups chose to fight.The Socs found the Greasers to be good targets, since they had no money or power.