In chapter 8 in The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, what was Cherry's conversation with Ponyboy, and what did Ponyboy learn from this conversation?

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In chapter 8, Cherry tells Ponyboy that she will not see Johnny in the hospital because he killed her boyfriend Bob, and she would not feel right about it.

In the rumble in the park, Johnny had killed Cherry’s boyfriend Bob in self-defense.  Cherry admits that “maybe Bob asked for it” (ch 8, p. 128), but she tells Ponyboy that he only knew Bob’s “bad side.”

He could be sweet sometimes, and friendly. But when he got drunk ... it was that part of him that beat up Johnny. I knew it was Bob when you told me the story. (ch 8, p. 128)

Cherry laments about why people sell liquor to boys.  She says that Bob was “something special” (p. 129).  Johnny is angry. He tells her he wouldn’t want her to see Johnny, because she’s a traitor.  He is offended that she tried to give him a handout.

Cherry is sad.  She says she just wanted to help, and Johnny forgives her.  He asks if she can see the sunset, a reminder that they see the same sunset on the East Side and the West.

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