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Cherry Valance in the book "The Outsiders" describes the Socs as being caught up in the rat race. She says they are always going and going. Yet, they never knew where. She insinuates that they have more than they ever wanted. Because of having so much they find themselves looking for that something that is missing.
She also explains that Socs are not allowed to lose their cool. They live behind a wall of aloofness never letting their real selves show. They are impersonal. She goes on to explain that it is the way they live and act that separates the Socs from the Greasers.
This is when Pony Boy says:
"That's why we're separated, "I said. "Is not money, it's feeling-you don't feel anything and we feel too violently."(38) Chapter 3