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The next night, Ponyboy and two greaser friends, the hardened Dally and the quiet Johnny, meet Cherry and Marcia, a pair of Soc girls, at a drive-in movie theater. Bob and the greasers exchange taunts, but Cherry prevents a fight by willingly leaving with Bob. Ponyboy gets home at two in the morning, enraging Darry until he suddenly slaps Ponyboy.
Ponyboy and Johnny wander into a park, where Bob and four other Socs surround them. After some heated talk, Ponyboy spits at the Socs, prompting them to attempt to drown him in a nearby fountain, but Johnny stabs Bob, killing him and dispersing the Socs.
Terrified of what to do next, Ponyboy and Johnny rush to find Dally, who gives them money and a loaded gun, directing them to hide in an abandoned church in Windrixville. During their stay there, Pony cuts and dyes his hair as a disguise, reads Gone with the Wind to Johnny, and, upon viewing a beautiful sunrise, recites the poem " Nothing Gold Can Stay " by Robert Frost.
Johnny decides to turn himself in and Dally agrees to take the boys back home.
As they attempt to leave, they notice the church has caught fire and several local schoolchildren have become trapped inside. The greasers run inside the burning church to save the children, but Ponyboy is rendered unconscious by the fumes.
At the hospital he discovers that he and Dally are not badly injured, but a piece of the church roof fell on Johnny and broke his back.
Sodapop and Darry come to the hospital; Darry breaks down and cries. Ponyboy then realizes that Darry cares about him, and is only hard on Ponyboy because he loves him and cares about his future. Two-Bit tells them that the greaser—Soc rivalry is to be settled in a final rumble.
Later, Ponyboy visits Johnny at the hospital, where he is in critical condition. On their way home, Pony spots Cherry and they talk.
Cherry says she is unwilling to visit Johnny in the hospital because he killed her boyfriend. Pony calls her a traitor, but after she explains herself they end on good terms. After escaping the hospital, Dally shows up just in time for the rumble.
The greasers win the brutal fight. Afterward, Pony and Dally hurry back to the hospital to see Johnny, but he dies moments later and a maniacal Dally runs out of the room.
Pony returns home that night feeling confused and disoriented. Dally calls the house to say that he has robbed a store and is running from the police. The greasers find Dally deliberately pointing an unloaded gun at the police, causing them to shoot and kill him.
Overwhelmed, Ponyboy faints and is sick in bed for several days due to the resulting concussion. Ponyboy returns to school, but his grades drop. Although he is failing English, his teacher, Mr. Syme, says he will pass him if he writes a decent theme. In the copy of Gone with the Wind that Johnny gave him before dying, Ponyboy finds a note from Johnny describing how he will die proudly after saving the kids from the fire.
Johnny also urges Ponyboy to "stay gold". Ponyboy decides to write his English assignment about the recent events, and begins his essay with the opening line of the novel: Paul Newman and a ride home Narrator and the youngest Curtis brother, 14 years old, who gets good grades and runs track.
The middle Curtis brother, 16 years old, a high school dropout who works at a gas station. The oldest of the Curtis brothers, 20 years old, who has been caring for his brothers since their parents died in a car crash.
He is the unofficial leader of the gang. A delinquent, 17 years old, he is the roughest of the greasers. He lived on the streets of New York City for three years. Leader of another greaser gang: A member of the Socs who tried to drown Ponyboy in the fountain.This is what Cherry Valance tells Pony when they first meet.
She's reminding him that everybody has problems that isolate them. She's right, but . Cherry Valance in the book "The Outsiders" describes the Socs as being caught up in the rat race. She says they are always going and going. Yet, they never knew where. Sep 21, · Cherry Valance wants to live a life that doesn't involve being judged by how much money one has or doesn't have.
Although she is a Soc (meaning she is richer than most of the other kids in town), she would rather not be rich, and not be judged as being a snobby rich leslutinsduphoenix.com: Resolved.
A song that fits Cherry Valance and her personality is Amy Winehouse's "Love is a Losing Game." The lyrics of this song lament the hardship of loving someone, and after losing Bob, Cherry Valance.
Cherry Valance represents the perfect life to Ponyboy. She is a good-looking cheerleader, but she states that the Socs have troubles, too. Her life appears perfect to an outsider looking in, but that apparently is not the case.
To Pony, Cherry Valance typifies the perfect Soc girlfriend. And she is, perhaps, until her boyfriend, Bob, is killed. Cherry, a cheerleader, attends the same high school as .