In chapter one, Ponyboy gets jumped by the Socs on his way home from the movies. The Socs give him a nasty cut on the side of the face when they are ''cutting his hair.'' His gang chases the Socs car and throws rocks at them, while Pony's brothers find him. Luckily, Pony was not too badly hurt, but it scared him.
In chapter two, Ponyboy goes to the drive-ins with Dally and Johnny. There Dally curses behind two Socs, Cherry and Marcia, to try and embarrass them. Cherry gets very mad at Dally because of his dirty mouth. Eventually Dally leaves because Johnny tells him off, and so Johnny and Pony create a friendship with the girls.
In chapter three, Ponyboy falls asleep in the empty lot with Johnny after the drive-ins. When he gets home, Darry yells at him and then slaps him. Nobody in Pony's family ever slapped him, so that was a huge shock. Ponyboy then runs away.