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No. of Pages: 153
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Author: S. E. Hinton
The Outsiders Book Summary
Ponyboy Curtis is a member of a lower-class Oklahoma adolescent group known as greasers because of their greasy long hair. Ponyboy gets assaulted by a bunch of Socs, the greasers’ adversaries, who are upper-class youngsters from the West Side of town, as he walks home after a movie. Ponyboy is surrounded by the Socs, short for Socials, who threaten to slice his neck. Ponyboy is saved when a bunch of greasers arrives and drives the bullies away. Sodapop, a charming, gorgeous high-school dropout, and Darry, Ponyboy’s older sibling, are among Ponyboy’s rescues (Darry assumed responsibility for his brothers when their parents were killed in a car crash). Johnny Cade, a sensitive sixteen-year-old; Dally, a seasoned street crook with a lengthy criminal record; Steve, Sodapop’s closest buddy; and Two-Bit, the group’s oldest and funniest member, are the other greasers that come to Ponyboy’s rescue.
Ponyboy and Johnny head to the movies with Dally the following night. They are seated behind two lovely Soc females. Dally is rude in his flirting with the ladies. Dally goes away after Johnny urges him to quit pestering the Soc females. Ponyboy and Cherry learn that they have a lot in common when Johnny and Ponyboy sat with the females, Cherry and Marcia. When Two-Bit arrives, the three greasers start walking the Soc females to Two-residence, Bit’s where he will take them home. They stumble across Bob and Randy, the ladies’ intoxicated boyfriends, on their way to Two-residence. Bit’s To avoid a brawl between the Socs and the greasers, the females must depart with their men.
Ponyboy is late for dinner, and his older brother Darry is enraged. Ponyboy rants at Darry because he is tired of Darry’s continual inspection and criticism. Darry hits Ponyboy across the face as the brothers begin to fight. Ponyboy bolts, determined to leave. He tracks down Johnny, and the two youngsters make their way to the park. They run across Bob and Randy, who are with a gang of Soc guys. The Socs assault Johnny and Ponyboy, and one of them submerges Ponyboy’s head in freezing water until he passes out. When Ponyboy regains consciousness, he finds himself on the ground. He’s standing next to Johnny—and Bob’s body. Ponyboy learns that Johnny murdered Bob because the Socs were planning to drown Ponyboy and beat him up.
Ponyboy and Johnny are desperate and afraid, and they rush to locate Dally Winston, the one person they believe can assist them. Dally hands them a rifle and some cash and sends them to an abandoned chapel at Windrixville, a nearby town. They spend a week hiding away in the church, cutting and dying their hair to blend in, reading Gone with the Wind aloud, and debating poetry.
Dally returns after a few days to see how Ponyboy and Johnny are doing. He informs the guys that tensions between the greasers and the Socs have risen since Bob’s death. The following night, a brawl will be held to settle the score. He claims that Cherry, who blames herself for Bob’s murder, has been working for the greasers as a spy. Dally is taken aback when Johnny declares his plan to return and surrender himself in.
Dally offers to take Ponyboy and Johnny home in his car. However, when the lads depart, they find that Ponyboy and Johnny’s abandoned church has caught fire. They find a bunch of youngsters who had strayed inside the building. To rescue the youngsters, Ponyboy and Johnny run into the blaze. The ceiling falls in and Ponyboy blacks out just as they pull the final youngster out the window. In an ambulance, he regains consciousness. He gets admitted to the hospital with minor burns and bruises. Dally is unharmed, but Johnny’s back was shattered by the collapsing ceiling, and he is in serious condition.
Darry and Sodapop arrive to pick up Ponyboy, and the two reconcile. Ponyboy and Johnny are heros the next morning, according to the press. They also said Johnny will be charged with manslaughter as a result of Bob’s death. Finally, the documents indicate that Ponyboy and Johnny will have to appear in juvenile court, where a judge will determine whether or not they should be transferred to a boys’ home.
Ponyboy and Two-Bit are on their way to grab a Coke when they stumble into Randy. Randy informs Ponyboy that he is tired of fighting and will not be attending the rumble that night. Johnny seems frail when Ponyboy and Two-Bit visit him in the hospital. He requests a fresh copy of Gone with the Wind from Ponyboy. Ponyboy and Two-Bit discover that Dally is more stronger than Johnny during their meeting with him. Dally requests to borrow Two-switchblade Bit’s with a black handle. Two-Bit and Ponyboy saw Cherry on their way home. Ponyboy considers her a traitor because she refuses to see Johnny since he murdered Bob. He relents when she explains herself.
The greasers overcome the Socs in the rumble. Dally arrives barely in time for the battle, having eluded the hospital. Ponyboy and Dally rush back to visit Johnny after the battle, only to discover that he is dying. Dally loses control when Johnny dies and flees the room in a rage. Ponyboy, confused and bewildered, wanders home late that night. He informs the others about Johnny’s passing. Dally phones to report that he robbed a grocery shop and that the authorities are on the lookout for him. The greasers try to track him down, but it’s too late. When Dally raises a pistol to the cops, they shoot him. Ponyboy passes out from exhaustion.
Ponyboy wakes up at home in his bed. He had been disoriented in bed for many days after suffering a concussion from a kick to the head at the rumble. When he feels better, he goes to his hearing, where the judge treats him warmly and acquits him of all charges in Bob’s death. Ponyboy will be permitted to stay at home with Darry, according to the court. Ponyboy feels listless and hollow for a while. His grades deteriorate, he becomes enraged with Darry, and he loses his appetite. Finally, Sodapop admits to Ponyboy that he is furious and upset at home due of the stress. He cries out for Ponyboy and Darry to stop fighting.
Ponyboy finally recognizes the importance of his family and decides to stop fighting Darry. For the first time, he is able to recall Dally and Johnny’s deaths without agony or denial. He resolves to recount their tale and starts writing a term paper for his English class that evolves into the book.