Why was Two-Bit relieved when Ponyboy picked up the broken glass?

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In Chapter 12, Ponyboy, Two-Bit, and Steve are hanging outside a neighborhood grocery store when a car with three Socs inside rolls up. One of the Socs gets out, recognizes Ponyboy, and says to him,

"You're the guy that killed Bob Sheldon.... And he was a friend of ours. We don't like nobody killing our friends, especially greasers" (Hinton 145).

Ponyboy is numb and casually breaks off the bottom of a glass bottle. He then threatens the Socs, and they immediately get in their car to drive away. Two-Bit is surprised at Ponyboy's bravado. Two-Bit then shows concern for Pony and tells him not to get tough because he's not like the rest of the gang. Ponyboy then begins to pick up the glass from the broken bottle, and Two-Bit realizes that Ponyboy has not permanently changed. Pony's simple gesture of picking up the broken glass indicates that he is still a sensitive individual. Two-Bit is relieved to see that Pony has not turned into a callous person and is acting like himself again. 

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ik9744 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Two-bit was relieved because he had backup but later on he picked up the glass since he doesn't want anyone hurt.

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he is relieved when Pony Boy cleans up the glass, because it demonstrates that he has a different nature than the rest of the Greasers. Pony Boy doesn't want anyone to get hurt on the glass.

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In the book "The Outsiders" there are a group of boys that call themselves Greasers.  They are the social outcasts.  They get into trouble and represent the typical gang ideals of the 1950's.  They are from a low income neighborhood and don't have much going.  Pony Boy is different.  He tries to be like all the others an he is in most ways.  However, he has academic abilities.

Two-Bit is one of the boys friends and a member of the gang.  He sees that Pony Boy is determined to be a greaser just like he and the rest of the gang.  However, he is relieved when Pony Boy cleans up the glass, because it demonstrates that he has a different nature than the rest of the Greasers. Pony Boy doesn't want anyone to get hurt on the glass.

 

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