In the novel the Outsiders what does Sodapop tell Johnny after he gets jumped by the Socs the first time?

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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The Greasers and the Socs are two rival gangs in S E Hinton's novel, The Outsiders. The Greasers are from the "East" side of town and are, even in their own description, "hoods." The Socs are "the West-side rich kids," so called by Ponyboy, the narrator. 

Ponyboy knows that the Socs beat up Greasers just for fun and is understandably nervous because he just wants to say out of trouble. The Socs do attack him but he is not so badly injured, especially as his brothers turn up and the Socs leave. Ponyboy recalls the first time Johnny was attacked by the Socs and how Johnny is now so scared, even "of his own shadow." Johnny is a tough kid so Ponyboy acknowledges how bad a beating he received from the Socs.

When Johnny is beaten by the Socs, Ponyboy and the others find Johnny "face down on the ground." They rally together to check if Johnny is alright. Soda calls Johnny "Johnnycake," and tells Johnny, "Don't talk. You're gonna be okay." Soda (Pop) consoles Johnny, and keeps telling him, "It's okay...They're gone now. It's okay." Soda understands and wants Johnny to feel safe again. His family do not care for him and Soda's words are comforting because it is the Greasers who are like family to Johnny. 

Soda Pop is Ponyboy's elder brother and always looks out for Ponyboy.

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iamkaori | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) Salutatorian

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Johnny never walked by himself after that. And Johnny...now carried in his back pocket a six-inch switchblade. He'd use it, too, if he ever got jumped again.

I could not find quotations that Ponyboy said to Johnny, but this was the closest I could find, of Ponyboy describing Johnny after getting jumped.

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