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by S. E. Hinton

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How do the Greasers and Socs get along in chapter 1?

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In Chapter 1, Hinton illustrates the differences between the Socs and the Greasers from Ponyboy’s point of view. We see that Ponyboy identifies himself as a Greaser in the opening paragraph of the novel. He explains why his hair is longer than some other boys his age –

 I am a greaser and most of my neighbourhood rarely bothers to get a haircut.

Ponyboy reveals early on his nervousness at being alone as there is tension...

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