The Outsiders vocabulary and characters chapters 1-4

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Ponyboy

A 14 year old boy who is the narrator and the main character of The Outsiders. His parents have been killed in a car accident, and he lives with his two brothers. (a greaser)

Sodapop

middle Curtis boy, works at the gas station because he dropped out of high school, understands PonyBoy more than Darry does.

Darry

smart, handsome, strong; everything that a Soc should be ( th0ugh he is a Greaser; he loves his family; he gave up his education for his brothers; he works two jobs; he used to play football with the Socs; strict

Johnny

small and dark and looks younger than his sixteen years.The gang regards him as their pet, easily startled, due to a beating he received from 4 Socs,lives in a very abusive home

Two-Bit

comedian of Greasers, likes to steal things for fun, has a stolen switchblade

Steve

Sodapop's best friend, Ponyboy does not like him

Dally

oldest and most "experienced" of the Greasers, lived in New York City once as a gang member

editorial

a newspaper or magazine article that gives the opinions of the editors or publishers

madras

light cotton shirt in a bright print, usually plaid

rivalry

competition

sympathetic

to share the feelings of another

quiver

a slight trembling motion

reputation

the character of someone as seen by others

suspicious

showing distrust

hastily

done or made in a hurry

incredulous

feeling disbelief

hesitation

a pause because of forgetfulness or uncertainty

hoodlum

a rowdy destructive adolescent

stricken

overcome by emotion

muffle

to lessen the sound of

rebellious

opposing authority

rumble

a fight between rival gangs of adolescents

gallant

brave and noble

rank

having a strong, bad smell or taste; position in a classification

sophisticated

not natural or simple; worldly

aloof

acting distant; indifferent

elite

a socially superior group

tension

strain; unrest

resignedly

giving in without complaint

reeling

staggering or swaying

defiance

open refusal to obey

contempt

scorn; lack of respect

panic

sudden overpowering fear

self-preservation

taking care of or saving oneself

rueful

filled with regret or pity

premonition

a feeling that something is going to happen

S.E. Hinton

author of the Outsiders

stereotyping

Assuming that everyone in a particular group is the same.

Socs

"Socials"; west-side rich kids

Greasers

This is the group Ponyboy and his brothers and friends belong to. They don't have much money and have to work hard to make ends meet. Many of them don't have supportive parents. They are often in trouble with the law and fear being sent to reform school if they get into too much trouble.

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