Table of Contents Plot Overview Ponyboy Curtis belongs to a lower-class group of Oklahoma youths who call themselves greasers because of their greasy long hair. The Socs, short for Socials, gang up on Ponyboy and threaten to slit his throat.
The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. Ponyboy and his two brothers — Darrel Darrywho is 20, and Sodapop, who is 16 — have recently lost their parents in an automobile accident.
Pony and Soda are allowed to stay under Darry's guardianship as long as they all behave themselves. The boys are greasers, a class term that refers to the young men on the East Side, the poor side of town.
The greasers' rivals are the Socs, short for Socials, who are the "West-side rich kids. The Socs badly injure and threaten to kill Ponyboy; however, some of his gang happen upon the scene and run the Socs off.
This incident sets the tone for the rest of the story, because the event tells the reader that a fight between these two groups needs no provocation.
There they meet Sherri Cherry Valance and her friend Marcia, who have left their Soc boyfriends at the drive-in because the boys were drinking. Dally leaves after giving the girls a hard time, but another greaser, Two-Bit Mathews, joins Pony and Johnny.
The boys offer to walk the girls home after the movie, but along the way, the girls' boyfriends reappear and threaten to fight the greasers. Cherry stops the fight from happening, and the girls leave with their boyfriends.
Pony and Johnny go to a vacant lot to hang out before heading home. They fall asleep, and when Johnny wakes Pony up it's 2 a. Pony runs home, because the time is way past his curfew, and Darry is waiting up. Darry is furious with Pony and, in the heat of the moment, he hits him.
Pony runs out of the house and returns to the lot to find Johnny. Pony wants to run away, but instead they go to the park to cool off before heading back home. At the park, Cherry's and Marcia's boyfriends reappear. Pony and Johnny are outnumbered, and the Socs grab Ponyboy and shove him face first into the fountain, holding his head under the water.
Realizing that Ponyboy is drowning, Johnny panics, pulls his switchblade, and kills the Soc, Bob. Ponyboy and Johnny seek out Dally for help in running away to avoid being arrested for Bob's murder. The boys hop a freight train and find the hideout where they are to wait until Dally comes for them.
Hiding in an abandoned, rural church, they feel like real outsiders, with their greased, long hair and general hoody appearance.
They both cut their hair, and Pony colors his for a disguise. They pass the time in the church playing cards and reading aloud from Gone with the Wind. Dally shows up after a week, and takes them to the Dairy Queen in Windrixville.
Thanks to Dally, the police think that the boys are headed for Texas. Dally also brings them the news that Cherry Valance is now being a spy for the greasers, and helping them out against the Socs.
She has also testified that Bob was drunk the night of his death and that she was sure that the killing had been in self-defense.
Johnny decides that he has a chance now, and announces that he wants to turn himself in. They head back to the church and discover that it is on fire. A school group is there, apparently on some kind of outing, and little kids are trapped inside.
Without thinking, Pony and Johnny race inside and rescue the kids.The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel by S. E. Hinton, first published in by Viking Press. Hinton was 15 when she started writing the novel but did most of Author: S. E. Hinton. Complete summary of S.
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