Why might Pony be sensitive to how his run-down house will look to his middle-class friends in The Outsiders?Why do you think he doesn't care what Randy thinks of the house?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Randy Adderson may well be the first Soc to ever set foot in the Curtis house in Susan E. Hinton's novel, The Outsiders. Randy decides to pay a visit after Ponyboy is hurt in the rumble, but Pony has just awakened after being unconscious for three days. He hasn't had the time or inclination to clean the house before Randy's visit, and there is little evidence that the brothers would have cared. After all, Randy is one of the Socs who attacked Pony and Johnny (and Johnny even earlier) in the park, causing the deaths of both Johnny and Dallas.  Pony admits that it bugs him that his house isn't nicer.

... it bothered me because we live in kind of a lousy neighborhood and our house isn't real great. It's run-down looking and everything, and the inside's kind of poor-looking, too...

But Randy isn't a school friend or buddy.

It's a funny thing--it bugged me about my friends seeing our house,. But I couldn't have cared less about what Randy thought.

However, after Randy leaves, all three of the brothers kid each other about keeping the house cleaner. Although Randy is not a close friend, and despite Pony's statement to the contrary, the boys do care what other people think about them.

dragonoid | Student

I think Ponyboy might be sensitive about his house because his friends have nicer looking houses and have more money than he does.

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