What is page 24 about in the bookThe Outsiders?

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There are many editions to this novel; it is a classic in juvenile literature and therefore has taken many covers and forms. The edition that I have is a pretty basic paperback copy with no extra features and the story begins on page 1. Page twenty four tells the scene at the drive-in movie when Ponyboy and Johnny meet Cherry for the first time. Dally returns with Cokes and gives one to Cherry; however, she throws it back in his face saying, "That might cool you off, greaser. After you wash your mouth and learn to talk and act decent, I might cool off, too." Dally continues to taunt her until Johnny speaks up. This is really what this moment is all about. It shows the complex relationship between Dally the ruthless thug, and Johnny the beaten kid who idolizes him. "It it had been me, or Two-Bit, or Soda or Steve, or anyone but Johnny, Dally would have flattened him without a moment's hesitation. You just didn't tell Dally Winston what to do. The characters of Johnny and Dally play out as perfect character foils in this story. One cannot exist without the other. Johnny is timid and scared of everything; Dally is rough, forceful and not afraid of anything or anybody.

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