Ponyboy is surprised that he and Cherry get along well because he has stereotyped Socs based on what he and his friends and family have experienced. Ponyboy has not known any Socs to be kind or considerate, or even sensitive; he has not recognized the fact that Socs have problems, since he has only seen them as privileged in every sense. Ponyboy has seen the cruelty that some of the Socs have shown people like Johnny Cade. When Ponyboy and Cherry begin to get to know one another, he finds that she reveals a side of herself and possibly other Socs, that he had not considered:
..."I'll bet you think the Socs have it made. The rich kids, the West-side Socs. I'll tell you something, Ponyboy, and it may come as a surprise. We have troubles you've never even heard of. You want to known something?" She looked me straight in the eye. "Things are rough all over."