In The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, if someone tries to beat up Johnny again, what will he do? 

In The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, if someone tries to beat up Johnny again, what will he do?

 

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In Chapter 2, Ponyboy tells the story about when Johnny was severely beaten by a group of Socs to Cherry while they are waiting in line at the concession stand. He says that four months ago, while he and several Greasers were walking back from the DX station, Steve noticed Johnny's jean jacket lying in the middle of the street. When they looked at the collar of the jacket, they saw rust colored stains. They then noticed that there was blood all over the ground leading to an open field where they could hear moans. The boys ran across the field and found Johnny lying face down. Soda turned Johnny over, and there were huge bruises, cuts, and gashes on his face. Ponyboy says the he felt sick after seeing Johnny's face. Johnny told the boys that four Socs jumped him, and one of them was wearing a fist full of rings, which is why his face is so torn up. Ponyboy then tells Cherry that Johnny hasn't walked alone ever since and carries a six-inch switchblade. Pony says,

"He'd use it, too, if he ever got jumped again. They had scared him that much. He would kill the next person who jumped him. Nobody was ever going to beat him like that again. Not over his dead body..." (Hinton 31). 

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