Why was Ponyboy so surprised that he got along with Cherry in The Outsiders?

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It is important to remember that the main conflict in this novel is based upon Socs vs. Greasers. Because Cherry is a lot like the queen of the soc girls, it surprises Ponyboy that he and she can carry out an entire conversation and see eye-to-eye with one another about so many life issues, especially since he is a Greaser. They seem to have a great deal in common, despite their socioeconomic differences and the fact that they live on "different sides of the track." As Ponyboy points out a few times in the novel, he and she both see the same sunset, despite being on opposite ends of town.

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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."

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