What are two quotes that depict how the Greasers think the Socs don't experience difficulties?

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At the end of Chapter 2, Ponyboy, Johnny, and Cherry are sitting together watching a movie and Ponyboy thinks to himself,

"I really couldn't see what Socs would have to sweat about—good grades, good cars, good girls, madras and Mustangs and Corvairs—Man, I thought, if I had worries like that I'd consider myself lucky" (Hinton 36).

At this point in the novel, Ponyboy is still naive and thinks that the Socs do not have similar hardships. Ponyboy mentions that the Socs have an excess of beautiful cars, grades, and girls. In his mind, the Socs' material wealth make them immune to difficulties, which is not true. Cherry tries to explain to Ponyboy that the Socs have their own set of difficulties that are equally hard to deal with.

In Chapter 9, the Greasers chant and get each other excited to fight the Socs before the big rumble. Two-Bit sings,

"I am a Soc. I am the privileged and the well-dressed. I throw beer blasts, drive fancy cars, break windows at fancy parties" (Hinton 136).

Two-Bit's lyrics reflect the Greasers' impressions of the average life of a Soc member. They view the Socs as privileged individuals who live the high life. Again, their views are based on the physical appearance and actions of the Socs, and do not reflect the reality of the situation. The Greasers feel that the Socs' lives are filled with material wealth and reckless parties.

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