As Ponyboy is walking home from the movies in chapter one he realizes that there is a car that seems to be following him and slowing down. As this happens, Ponyboy's brothers and other greasers save him from any harm from the Socs who were about to beat him up.
In this manner, how is Dally different from the other greasers?
Dally Winston is more "dangerous" and experienced than the other Greasers. He has spent time in the tough neighborhoods of New York, has a long criminal record, and has just gotten released from jail when the story begins. Dally, unlike the other Greasers, is "hardened beyond caring".
How do ponyboy's relationship with Darry and Sodapop differ?
Darry works hard to provide for his family, and because he is the oldest brother, he feels a responsibility toward making sure Ponyboy does well at school and makes good choices. Easy-going Sodapop is Ponyboy's confidante. Ponyboy and Soda have a very close relationship, because Sodapop is a very good listener.
Why is ponyboy an outsider in the book the outsiders?
Ponyboy is an outsider because he's not like anyone else we meet in the book. He's smart and wants to do something with his life and likes school, which makes him unlike the Greasers. Yet he's poor and hangs out with delinquents and has no parents, which is unlike the Socs.