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by S. E. Hinton

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What does Cherry throw into Dally's face in The Outsiders?

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Early in the book The Outsiders we are treated to an example of the actions and character of the Greasers. While they are at the movies, Dally makes many inappropriate remarks, both vulgar and sexually suggestive, towards Marcia and Cherry, two "Soc" girls they see at the film. Sitting behind them, he attempts to get their attention with his vulgar commentary but they ignore him.

After speaking with Ponyboy for a brief moment, Dally leaves to get the two girls Cokes. Irritated with his behavior, Cherry throws her Coke back in Dally's face. Many of the Greasers, though not all of them—Ponyboy notably—tended to be vulgar and degrading towards girls in an attempt to get their attention. Ponyboy is embarrassed by this behavior, but says nothing of it.

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In Chapter of 2 of the novel The Outsiders, Dally gives Cherry a Coke, and she throws it back in his face. When Dally first snuck into the drive-in, he spotted Cherry and her friend Marcia sitting by themselves. He sat down behind them and began making inappropriate comments loud enough to annoy the two girls. Ponyboy mentions that Dally can talk awfully dirty when he wants to. When the girls pretend not to hear Dally, he kicks his feet up on the back of Cherry's seat and continues to curse loudly. After Dally says, "Who's gonna make out with me?" the girls recognize him from the rodeo and ask Dally to leave them alone (Hinton 21). Dally laughs and offers to buy the girls a Coke. Cherry tells him she'll never drink a Coke from him, even if she was starving in the desert. After Dally leaves, Cherry and Ponyboy enjoy a pleasant conversation. When Dally returns with two Cokes, he gives them to the girls and says, "This might cool you off" (Hinton 24). Cherry then throws her Coke back in his face, while Marcia holds onto to hers. 

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