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"I had taken the long way around but I was finally home. To stay." What is the...

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michele07 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 2, 2009 at 11:07 AM via web

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"I had taken the long way around but I was finally home. To stay." What is the interpretation or the evaluation?

This is a quote of the book, The Outsiders.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 18, 2010 at 12:47 AM (Answer #1)

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Following the death of his parents, life at home had not been so great for Ponyboy. Although he adores his brother, Sodapop, Pony fights constantly with Darry. Pony's grades have suffered, he smokes too much, and his gang life has taken over his life. After Johnny kills Bob, the two boys leave their homes to hide out on Jay Mountain. After saving the children in the fire, the boys come home heroes. Pony survives the rumble, but he still has to worry about a possible trial and removal of the home by juvenile authorities. These two events do not come about, and Pony reconciles with Darry. Home life appears to be regaining some normalcy, despite the death of Johnny and Dally. Pony decides to take Johnny's dying wish "to stay gold" to heart, and perhaps rumbles and conflicts with the Socs will come to an end as well. At the end of the novel, Pony has come full circle and back to his home and family.

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ilovedallaswinston | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 11, 2009 at 11:24 AM (Answer #2)

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it meanz that he had been thru so much since hiz parentz died..lyk with Darry and him fighting all tha time and wen Darry hit him and if they wuld hv jus got along in tha 1st place then Piny wuldnt hv ran off and him and Johnny wuldnt hv been at tha park and all tha other stuff that happened..so hez sayin that he haz finalli home but it took him thru alot of stuff and along time to get there

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outsiders38 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM (Answer #3)

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I think he means (basically what the first person said) that even though it took Ponyboy a long time and some suffering it was worth it all because now he was in a true loving home.

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