In the first chapter, Ponyboy Curtis, a Greaser (the poorer, lower class people), walked home alone from the movie theater- although he knew it was dangerous. As he did so, a group of Socs (the wealthier and higher social class) pulled up to him in a blue car. They teased him and asked if he needed a haircut. Luckily, Ponyboy was saved by his friends.
"Stay gold, Ponyboy."
When Ponyboy returns home late one night, his older brother, Darry, was angry that he did not come back earlier. Believing that he was not welcome at home, Ponyboy and his friend, Johnny, ran away. They decided to stop at a park just when more Socs did too. A man named Bob was drowning Pony, so Johnny did the most loyal thing- stabbed him. But it was much worse than he had hoped, and Bob ended up dying.
"...I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home."
After leaving for the country, Johnny and Ponyboy stayed in an old, abandoned church. They went to get food, only to return to their only shelter burning down. Inside, however, were little kids- trapped. Johnny and Pony immediately risked their lives to save them, for it was their cigarette bud that had started the fire. Johhny was severly injured while trying to rescue the kids.
In the process of rescuing the kids, part of the church's ceiling collapsed on him. He was rushed to the hospital, but it was too late. Johnny died soon after. His last words were, "Stay gold, Ponyboy" (Hinton 148). All he had ever wanted to do was make Dally proud, which he did.
Ponyboy took Johnny's last words and decided to write his essay on them. The message of the paper was to make people aware of what was going on, and to let them know they were not alone. It turns out, that the essay was actually the book, "The Outsiders".
My favorite part was when Ponyboy, Johnny, and their friend Dallas Winston went to the drive-in movie. They met a girl named Cherry Valance who was very kind. She didn't care whether her friends were Greasers or Socs, because to her, they were all the same. Cherry even spied on the Socs for the Greasers before the rumble.