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Ponyboy Curtis belongs to a lower-class group of Oklahoma youths who call themselves greasers because of their greasy long hair Walking home from a movie Ponyboy is attacked by a group of Socs the greasers rivals who are upper-class youths from the West Side of town The Socs short for Socials gang up on Ponyboy and threaten to slit his throat A group of greasers comes and chases the bullies away saving Ponyboy Ponyboys rescuers include Sodapop a charming handsome high-school dropout and Darry Ponyboys oldest brother Darry assumed responsibility for his brothers when their parents were killed in a car crash The rest of the greasers who come to Ponyboys rescue are Johnny a sensitive sixteen-year-old Dally a hardened street hood with a long criminal record Steve Sodapops best friend and Two-Bit the oldest and funniest group member The next night Ponyboy and Johnny go to a movie with Dally They sit behind a pair of attractive Soc girls Dally flirts with the girls obnoxiously After Johnny tells Dally to stop harassing the Soc girls Dally walks away Johnny and Ponyboy sit with the girls who are named Cherry and Marcia and Ponyboy and Cherry discover that they have a lot in common Two-Bit arrives and the three greasers begin to walk the Soc girls to Two-Bits house so that he can drive them home On the way to Two-Bits house they run into Bob and Randy the girls drunken boyfriends The girls must leave with their boyfriends in order to prevent a fight between the Socs and the greasers Ponyboy is late getting home and his brother Darry is furious with him Sick of Darrys constant scrutiny and criticism Ponyboy yells at Darry The brothers begin to fight and Darry slaps Ponyboy across the face Ponyboy flees determined to run away He finds Johnny and the two boys heads for the park There they encounter Bob and Randy with a group
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