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There are many reasons why Pony and Johnny are excited about sitting with Cherry and Marcia at the drive-in.
- They are both beautiful girls--"tuff-looking... and really good-looking"
- They are both older than the boys--"They looked about sixteen or seventeen."
- They are Socs, not "greasey girls," but "classy ones at that."
- Pony recognizes that Cherry is a popular cheerleader.
- Neither of the boys have girlfriends, and Pony is "half-scared of all nice girls, especially Socs." Johnny "didn't talk to girls much."
- Pony realizes that they would "have something to tell the boys!"
- The girls are ego-boosters for Johnny and Pony, and they don't treat them like most Socs treat greasers.
- Pony finds Cherry easy to talk to, and she is a good listener as well.
- Cherry flatters Pony when she tells him how cute Sodapop is--he "is one doll"--and then tells Pony that "you look alike."
- Cherry "digs" sunsets, just like Pony.
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