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In The Outsiders, describe some character traits of Ponyboy's parents, the Curtis parents.  

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The Curtis parents do not actually appear in the novel, as they were both killed in a car accident about eight months before the story begins. The traits that we learn about Mr. and Mrs. Curtis, we learn from conversations and memories.

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis are described as funny yet kind and loving. They struggled to make ends meet, and Ponyboy wishes that he was able to spend more time with them. Despite their struggles, they were still able to provide for their sons and give them a good life.

Mrs. Curtis is described as beautiful and golden, just like her son Sodapop. She was able to keep the boys's friend, Dallas, out of trouble, and she was one of the few people that could talk to him.

Mr. Curtis looked just like Darrel, the oldest son. Ponyboy mentioned that although he was forty when he died, he looked like he was twenty-five, so it is likely that he had a strong build.

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e learn about the "Curtis Parents" mostly from memories that Ponyboy shares with the reader. We learn that his mother was a mom that cooked and baked. We learn that she, like Sodapop could make people smile and that she "knew the score." She was in her 30s - 40's and their dad was 40 when they were killed in a car accident. Darry looked like his dad, but he had his mother's eyes. The father was a good dad, or at least that is the way Ponyboy portrays him. He was close to Darry and he had pet names that he made up for the boys. From all that we read these were loving, hardworking and good parents.