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Explain this quotation from S.E. Hinton's young adult novel The Outsiders:  "Ponyboy listen, don't get tough. You're not like the rest of us and don't try to be."

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Ponyboy Curtis is best described as a complex character, because the things that might, taken individually, make him one dimensional--being an orphan, being a greaser, being a good student and track athlete--are, taken together, an unusual combination.  Ponyboy runs with the "tough" crowd; however, he is anything but.  He enjoys reading, especially poetry, and he likes to see movies alone so that he can better focus and deconstruct the different...

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