by S.E. Hinton
The Outsiders Isolation Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Part.Paragraph)
"He didn't used to be like that… we used to get along okay… before Mom and Dad died. Now he just can't stand me." (3.111)
Pony understands that Mom and Dad's death isolated him in many ways, but he doesn't quite understand the impact on Darry. He has all the facts – Darry spends all his time working and worrying, cooking, cleaning, shopping, and even ironing. Pony and Soda help, but it's really on Darry – and he has nobody to turn to for the extra support he needs.
I half convinced myself that I had dreamed everything that had happened the night before. I'm really home in bed, I thought. (5.1)
Pony loves to dream, pretend, and otherwise use his imagination to construct alternative realities. These help him cope with difficult situations, but sometimes also keep him from facing things that he might really need to deal with.