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The Outsiders

The Outsiders


by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders Loyalty Quotes

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Quote #4

"Ponyboy… I mean… if I see you in the hall at school or something and so hi, well it's not personal or anything, but…[…] We couldn't let our parents see us with you all. You're a nice boy and everything…" (3.62)

Ouch! Cherry's comment shows just how committed she is to the rules and norms of her social circles, from peers to parents. It also suggests she's under lots and lots of pressure to be loyal to her group and conform to those rules, even as she wants to break them.

Quote #5

"I had to. They were drowning you Pony. They might have killed you. And they had a blade… They were gonna beat me up." (4.28)

Johnny argues that killing Bob was an act of loyalty to himself, and to Ponyboy. What do you think?

Quote #6

I hadn't realized Johnny was right behind me all the way. (6.45)

When the church is on fire, Johnny wants to save the kids, but he's also motivated by loyalty to Ponyboy, and Ponyboy seems touched and surprised by this.

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