In Chapter 2 of “The Outsiders”, Ponyboy, Johnny, and Dally go to the movies and while there they meet Cherry Valance and her friend Marcia. Dally does not make a very good first impression on them, however later on in the novel the reader finds out that Cherry does secretly like Dally. Ponyboy, on the other hand, seems to make friends with Cherry which gets her boyfriend, a Soc named Bob, very mad. Also in this chapter, Cherry tries to explain the similarities and differences between the Greasers and the Socs when she is alone with Ponyboy.
In Chapter 3, Johnny, Ponyboy, and Two-Bit walk the girls home and are followed by Socs. Cherry and Marcia decide that the best idea would be for them to go home with the Socs because they don’t want any fights to start. Ponyboy and Johnny end up falling asleep outside of Johnny’s house and when Pony finally wakes up and goes home in the middle of the night he gets in big trouble from his brother Darry who slaps him. Ponyboy and Johnny then run away and end up in the park.