Johnny and ponyboy meet Cherry and marcia on page 19-20 ""My name's Sherri, but I'm called Cherry because of my hair. Cherry Valance.""I know," I said. "You're a cheerleader. We go to the same school.""You don't look old enough to be going to high school," the dark-haired girl said."I'm not. I got put up a year in grade school."Cherry was looking at me. "What's a nice, smart kid like you running around withtrash like that for?"
The gang almost gets jumped on page 39-40 Two-Bit cocked an eyebrow, but it only made him look more cool. "You mean if I'm looking for a good jumping, you outnumber us, so you'll give it to us? Well..." He snatched up an empty bottle, busted off the end, and gave it to me, then reached in his back pocket and flipped out his switchblade. "Try it, pal."
Johnny killed bob. He was sitting next to me, one elbow on his knee, and staring straight ahead. He was a strange greenish-white, and his eyes were huger than I'd ever seen them."I killed him," he said slowly. "I killed that boy."Bob, the handsome Soc, was lying there in the moonlight, doubled up and still. A dark pool was growing from him, spreading slowly over the blue-white cement. I looked at Johnny's hand. He was clutching his switchblade, and it was dark to the hilt. My stomach gave a violent jump and my blood turned icy.