Chapter Three helps us to understand the situation of both the Socs and the Greasers, and the way that, although they are so different overtly, they actually struggle with very similar issues. The boys give Cherry and her friend a lift home, and Ponyboy finds it easy to talk to Cherry. However, this all stops when a blue mustang pulls up and the Socs inside of it threaten the Greasers. Cherry appeals to all of them not to fight and goes off with the Socs. After they have left, Johnny tells Ponyboy how tired he is of all the violence that characterises their lives. He even threatens to commit suicide as a means of escape. Ponyboy tries to soothe him by telling him of a place in the countryside where they could live in peace. They fall asleep, looking at the stars outside. When they wake up, Ponyboy goes home to a furious Darry. He is worried that if there is any trouble with the police, social services will take Ponyboy and Soda away from his care because they are underaged. In the argument that follows, Darry slaps Ponyboy and Ponyboy runs away.