The Outsiders vocabulary and characters chapters 1-3

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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
self-preservation
taking care of or saving oneself
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.