What is found in Ponyboy's house in The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton?

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Ponyboy's house has chocolate cake, cigarettes, and an unlocked door, among other objects.

Ponyboy complains his house is messy. I imagine it would be, as the only residents are three young men. Like most of the houses the greasers live in, the house is a little rundown because greasers live on the wrong side of town.  That’s what makes them greasers. 

"We're gonna clean up the house," I said. "The reporters or police or somebody might come by, and anyway, it's time for those guys from the state to come by and check up on us" (Chapter 7). 

Darry, Soda, and Pony are concerned they might be separated if people decide they do not have good living conditions. Dally was always afraid his brothers would be taken away and put in a boy’s home. He says that is why he didn’t want to call the police the night Pony came home late. 

The boys definitely live a little differently. Their breakfast routine is a good example of this. They usually eat chocolate cake (which they store in the icebox) and chocolate milk for breakfast. 

We all like our eggs done differently. I like them hard, Darry likes them in a bacon-and-tomato sandwich, and Sodapop eats his with grape jelly. All three of us like chocolate cake for breakfast (Chapter 7). 

The boys all smoke cigarettes, too — even Ponyboy.  Darry gets upset when Pony smokes in bed because he thinks Pony will fall asleep and start a fire. The house is a hangout for the greasers. The door is always unlocked “in case one of the boys is hacked off at his parents and needs a place to lay over and cool off.” As a result, Darry, Soda, and Pony never know who they’ll find in their armchair when they get up in the morning.