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hareenasidhu | (Level 1) eNoter

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In The Outsiders, in what way did Johnny compare Dally to the Southern gentlemen from Gone with the Wind?

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mattbuckley | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 16, 2013 at 4:14 AM (Answer #1)

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This particular piece of conversation from S. E. Hinton's novel The Outsiderscomes about as Ponyboy and Johnny are in hiding and reading the classic novel Gone with the Wind. Ponyboy had just finished reading Johnny a section that described the Southern gentlemen riding into sure death. Johnny states that the Southern gentlemen remind him of Dally. In this comparison, Johnny is speaking of gallantry. Ponyboy is shocked because he thinks of the gentleman with manners and courtesy and retorts that "Soda's more like them Southern boys". Johnny agrees in terms of manners and charm but he tells a story about watching Dally getting picked up by the police and how "he kept real cool and calm the whole time. They was gettin' him for breakin' out the windows in the school building, and it was Two-Bit who did that. And Dally knew it. But he just took the sentence without battin' an eye or even denyin' it. That's gallant." This shows the loyalty that runs in this crowd. Johnny admires Dally because Dally is never scared, like the men riding into certain death. 

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