While at the drive-in, Ponyboy and Johnny "protect" a Soc girl named Cherry from greaser Dally's advances. Cherry in turn opens up to Ponyboy about her experiences as a Soc. According to Ponyboy, the greasers and the Socs are separated by class—the greasers are considered low class thugs while the Socs are spoiled country clubbers who can get in trouble one day and have their pictures glorified in newspapers the next.
Cherry describes the differences between the Socs and greasers:
"It's not just money. Part of it is, but not all. You greasers have a different set of values. You're more emotional. We're sophisticated--- cool to the point of not feeling anything. Nothing is real with us."
While talking to Cherry, Ponyboy realizes that the greasers and the Socs are not that different:
"It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset."