"Sixteen years on the streets, you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things..." What may the boys of The Outsiders have wanted to learn?The quote is on Page 122 in the novel. The quote was from...

"Sixteen years on the streets, you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things..." What may the boys of The Outsiders have wanted to learn?

The quote is on Page 122 in the novel. The quote was from Johnny Cade.

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This quote comes from Johnny Cade while he lay dying in the hospital following the fire. Johnny had often thought about killing himself, but he now realized that he wanted to live. He had not seen enough or lived enough. The 16 years spent on the street taught him a great deal about fighting, survival and staying tough, but he had seen little else of the world. His trip to the church in Windrixville had been the only time he'd left his neighborhood. He knew he would never walk again, and he told Pony and Two-Bit that "It's not fair." Johnny would probably have liked to forge a better relationship with his parents, finish school, enjoy having a girlfriend, and walk around his neighborhood again without having to look over his shoulder for Socs. Instead, he had learned the ropes of being a gang member.

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