According to Cherry, what is the difference between the Socs and the Greasers?  

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Cherry believes that the difference between the two groups has to do with emotion, or lack thereof.  She feels that the Socs, because they have everything handed to them, feel nothing.  They have never had to work for anything, and thus have never really felt the pride of a job well done.  Their lives are shallow, vapid, worthless.  Greasers, on the other hand, perhaps feel things too much, violently almost, but demonstrate enormous strength of character when they (Ponyboy and Johnny) rush into the burning church to save the little kids.  Even Dally, for all his false bravado, shows some emotion when Johnny dies.  The Socs, on the other hand, react to Bob's death with anger and an eagerness for revenge--but no real emotion about the loss of a friend.   

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