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The Outsiders: A Comprehension Guide for Students

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The Socs, short for Socials, are the Greasers rival gang.  They are a group of upper-class youths from the West side of town. Socs are wealthy, cocky, arrogant teens that look down upon the Greasers way of life.

Cherry Valance -  popular cheerleader, Bob's girlfriend, meets Ponyboy at the movies, becomes a spy for the Greasers
 
Bob Sheldon - Cherry's boyfriend, beats up Johnny before the novel begins, wears a heavy set of rings, ignored and not loved by his parents
 
Randy Adderson - Bob's best friend, tries to befriend Ponyboyhelps Ponyboy realize that Socs have feelings too
 
 

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Ponyboy & Cherry

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