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That Was Then, This Is Now

by S. E. Hinton

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How is Angela Shepard described in That Was Then, This Is Now?

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Angela Shepard is Bryon’s beautiful ex-girlfriend who is described as having a rotten personality. Angela is a very moody girl and Bryon mentions that their dates either ended in make-out sessions or fights. She seems to thrive off confrontation and spreads the rumor that Bryon is trying to get back with her. Whenever Bryon asks her if she came with Ponyboy Curtis to the dance, she responds by cursing at Bryon before she walks away. Bryon also mentions that Angela wasn’t afraid to do whatever she wanted and refers to her as being “gutsy.” Angela Shepard is also a vindictive person and gets a guy to try to pick a fight with Ponyboy because she was mad at him for ignoring her. Later on in the novel, Byron and Mark run into Angela when she is drunk at the Ribbon. Angela laments her decision to marry someone who she wasn’t in love with and Mark ends up cutting off her hair to get revenge. Overall, Angela Shepard is a shallow pretty girl who has major anger issues and a spiteful personality.

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Angela is beautiful, but there is little she won't do to get what she wants.  She drops Bryon for Ponyboy, but when Ponyboy will have nothing to do with her, Angela goes running back to Bryon. She gets a friend to start a fight with Ponyboy, causing Mark to get injured when he helps Ponyboy. Bryon learns Angela set up the fight and later cuts off her hair when she gets drunk one night. She has her brothers beat Bryon up for that.

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What are some of Angela Shepard's thoughts throughout the novel That Was Then, This Is Now?

Angela Shepard is Bryon's ex-girlfriend. She is known as a beautiful, tough girl who is attracted to drama. In Chapter 3, Ponyboy is attacked during a school dance, and Mark is hit in the head with a bottle while trying to defend him. When Bryon sees Angela talking to a kid in handcuffs, he realizes Angela influenced the kid to pick a fight with Ponyboy. Although it is not directly stated, Angela Shepard feels hurt and upset at Ponyboy for ignoring her advances.

Later in the novel, Mark and Bryon run into Angela, who has been drinking. Angela mentions that she misses Bryon and hates her life. She regrets getting married and doesn't like the fact that her husband is jobless. She is upset that her brothers are in jail, and her father is an alcoholic. Despite her tough exterior, Angela is very disappointed with how her life is turning out.

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