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What does Ponyboy tell Cherry while standing in line for popcorn in The Outsiders?  

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In Chapter 2, Ponyboy, Dally, and Johnny sneak into the drive-in movies. Johnny and Ponyboy meet two Soc girls, Cherry and Marcia, and become fast friends with them. Ponyboy shares a connection with Cherry, and she asks him to walk with her to get popcorn. While they are waiting in line, Cherry comments that Johnny has a scared look in his eyes, and she can tell he's been hurt badly. Ponyboy tells her the story about when Johnny was beaten badly by a group of Socs four months earlier. He tells Cherry that he, Steve, and Sodapop were walking home from the DX station when Steve noticed a jacket lying on the road. The jacket belonged to Johnny, and there were blood stains around the collar. They followed the trail of blood across a field and heard Johnny moaning. When they reached Johnny, he was bleeding profusely and had deep cut from his temple to his cheekbone. Johnny tells the boys that four Socs driving in a blue Mustang jumped him. One of the Socs was wearing rings, which caused a lot of damage. Ever since Johnny suffered the brutal beating, he acts nervous and carries a switchblade with him at all times. Johnny refuses to walk anywhere alone and vows to kill the next person who attempts to jump him.

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