Why does Dally look sad in The Outsiders?  

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Dally is a tough hood from New York, but when the gang's pet member Johnny gets severly beaten by the Socs, Dally looks away "with a sick expression on his face" (33).  Ponyboy usually sees Dally as cold and unemotional, but even hard-hearted Dally had a tender place in his heart for Johnny.  Seeing a kid who he looked at as a younger brother so viciously beaten shakes Dally up.  Dally does not have many tender moments in the novel, but he definitely valued his relationship with Johnny Cade; his caring for the younger boy becomes even more evident after Johnny's accident, and Dally and Ponyboy return to visit Johnny after the rumble.  Dally pleads with Johnny not to die and then desperately bolts from the hospital room.


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