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Ponyboy and his friends do not fall into a neat little niche within the community. They come from broken homes, have little interest in education, are ill supervised, and on the whole..... they don't have a lot of money. The boys make other people uncomfortable. The community is wary of their long hair, the way they dress, and most of all the way they act. In actuality, Ponyboy doesn't truly fit it with the Greasers or the Socs..... he's too smart for one and too poor for the other. Pontboy is the true outsider.