What are some characteristics of Randy and Bob with quotations from the text of The Outsiders?

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Randy Adderson and Bob Sheldon are the two main Soc characters in S. E. Hinton's novel, The Outsiders. Both apparently come from wealthy families and have all of the privileges of class that the greasers have come to hate. Good looking and "spoiled rotten" by his parents, Bob is Cherry Valance's boyfriend, who she claims "could be sweet sometimes, and friendly" when he's not drinking. According to Cherry,

Bob was something special. He wasn't just any boy. He had something that made people follow him, something that marked him different, maybe a little better, than the crowd.

Bob wears "three heavy rings," which he uses to his advantage in fights, as Johnny had discovered earlier. Randy, too, claims that

"Bob was a good guy... the best buddy a guy ever had... he was a good fighter and tuff and everything, but he was a real person, too.

"A tall guy with a semi-Beatle haircut," Randy is the friendlier of the two Socs, and he comes to respect Ponyboy after he learns of the greasers' heroism in saving the children from the fiery church. He visits Pony at the Curtis house, and Pony comes to realize that "he ain't a Soc... he's just a guy." Randy drives the blue Mustang that has long terrorized the greasers, and he is Marcia's boyfriend. Like Pony, he also smokes cigarettes and has a sensitive side. He decides not to participate in the rumble when he realizes that the outcome will change nothing.

yathavi | Student

Randy i truthful/ frank, sensitive, and respectful.


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