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These boys are the main characters in the Susan E. Hinton teen novel, The Outsiders. Pony, Soda and Darry are the three Curtis brothers, and Johnny Cade is their best friend. Pony loves to read and shows talent for writing. Soda is a drop-out who works in a gas station. Darry, a roofer, is the oldest brother and former football star. Johnny is the favorite of the gang and is still reeling from a beating he earlier took from a group of Socs. Below are quoted adjectives from the novel and their chapter.
PONYBOY CURTIS. "Sweet," (Chapter 2); "brainy," (Chapter 1).
SODAPOP CURTIS. "Happy-go-lucky," "movie-star handsome," (Chapter 1).
DARREL CURTIS. "Broad-shouldered," (Chapters 1 and 9); "muscular," (Chapter 1).
JOHNNY CADE. "Black-haired," (Chapter 6); "nervous," (Chapter 1).
Sodapop is described as understanding and fun-loving. In Chapter 1, Ponyboy says of Sodapop, "Soda is different from anybody; he understands everything, almost." Ponyboy also says of Sodapop in Chapter 1, "He's always happy-go-lucky and grinning."
Darry is described in Chapter 1 as "hard and firm and rarely grins at all. But then, Darry's gone through a lot in his twenty years, grown up too fast." Two adjectives to describe him are hardened and mature. Later in Chapter 1, Ponyboy says of Darry, "He looks older than twenty--- tough, cool, and smart."
Ponyboy is literary. In Chapter 1, he says of himself, "Nobody in our gang digs movies and books the way I do." Ponyboy is also very intelligent. Later in Chapter 1, he says, "I make good grades and have a high IQ and everything," even though he's not as street smart as his brothers.
Johnny Cade is described as hardened by life. Ponyboy says of Johnny in Chapter 1, "Johnny had it awful rough at home--- it took a lot to make him cry." Johnny is also somewhat lost. As Ponyboy describes him, "If you can picture a little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers, you'll have Johnny."
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