In "Greasy Lake," what is it about Digby and Jeff that inspires the narrator to call them bad?

Much of what inspires the narrator of "Greasy Lake" to call Digby and Jeff bad is their fashion sense and attitude, rather than actual bad behavior. The narrator comments on their sunglasses, earrings, and leather jackets. Other reasons for their badness are their use of alcohol and marijuana, desire to drop out of school, and speeding in their parent's cars. All this badness is only a façade, since they are fearful of truly "bad" guys.

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In the short story "Greasy Lake" by T. Coraghessan Boyle, Digby, Jeff, and the narrator are friends who hang out together and roam around looking for something exciting and fulfilling to do. They never find it. They are nineteen-year-old kids who still live with their parents. When the narrator uses "bad" to describe them, he does not refer to the word in the traditional sense of evil or malevolent. He uses it in the immature sense of children obliviously rebelling against their parents and society.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word "bad" has numerous meanings. The narrator...

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