"For a second I didn't know where I was.You know how it is, when you wake up in a strange place and wonder where in the worldyou are, until memory comes rushing over you like a wave. I half convinced myself that Ihad dreamed everything that had happened the night before."
"Johnny and Two-Bit and I will get Darry on our side, since Johnny and I are so small and Darry's the best player."
"Darry's cooking breakfast, and in a minute he and Soda will come in and drag me out of bed and wrestle me down and tickle me until I think I'll die if they don't stop."
"I tried telling myself that while I lay on the cold rock floor,wrapped up in Dally's jacket and listening to the wind rushing through the trees' dryleaves outside."
"It's me and Soda's turn to do the dishes after we eat, and then we'll all go outside and play football."
Then I heard a whistle, long and low, ending in a sudden high note. I knew that whistle well enough.
"It'll go like the usual weekend morning."
"Finally I quit pretending and pushed myself up. I was stiff and sore from sleeping on that hard floor, but I had never slept so soundly."
"I propped myself on my elbows and grinned up at him. "Hey, Johnny. Fancy meetin' you here.""