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Pony and Johnny think that Cherry is nice and not like other Socs.

The Socs are the enemies of the greasers.  Cherry is a Soc, but Johnny and Pony are greasers.  The two groups just normally do not socialize.  If they get together, it is usually to fight.

Johnny, Pony, and Dally run into Cherry at the movies.  Cherry immediately dislikes Dally, but she is polite to Johnny and Pony.  She explains that she does not like Dally‚Äôs crude behavior, but she thinks that Johnny and Pony are not like him.

Johnny and Pony think that Marcia and Cherry are good looking, and Pony thinks Cherry is especially pretty.  When the girls seem to want to sit with them, Pony is thrilled.  He is not the womanizing type, so this is a big deal to him.  Johnny seems impressed too.

Would we ever have something to tell the boys!  his eyes said plainly. We had picked up two girls, and classy ones at that. Not any greasy broads for us, but real Socs.(Ch. 2)

Socioeconomic status is very important to Johnny and Pony.  Pony goes to the concession stand with Cherry, and finds that he likes her even better when he talks to her.  The two of them have a conversation about the difference between greasers and Socs.

"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 know something?"  She looked me straight in the eye. "Things are rough all over." (Ch. 2)

Pony is impressed by Cherry's ability to talk to them.  They come to an understanding that they see the same sunsets.  This means that they are more similar than they are different, even though they come from very different socioeconomic groups.

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