by S.E. Hinton
The Outsiders Quotes
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Society and Class Quotes
I'm not sure how you spell it, but [Socs] is the abbreviation for Socials, the West-side rich kids. It's like the term greaser that's used to class all us boys on the East Side. (1.4)
Since Mom and Dad were killed in an auto wreck, the three of us only get to stay together only as long as we behave. So Soda and I stay out of trouble as much as we can […]. (1.5)
"I think I'm gonna marry Sandy. After she gets out of school and I can get a better job and everything." (1.96)
Greasers can't walk alone too much or they'll get jumped, or someone will come by and scream "Greaser!" at them which doesn't make you feel too hot if you know what I mean. (1.4)
"If you can picture a little dark puppy that had been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers, you'll have Johnny." (1.49)
[…] we wear our hair long and dress in blue jeans and T-shirts, or leave our shirttails out and wear leather jackets and tennis shoes or boots. I'm not saying that either Socs or Greasers are...
I'm supposed to be smart; I make good grades and have a high IQ and everything, but I don't use my head. Besides, I like walking. (1.6)
"Leave my kid brother alone, you hear! It ain't his fault he likes to go to the movies, and it ain't his fault the Socs like to jump us, and if he had been good at carryin' a blade it would have be...