Johnny Tremain

Why is Johnny afraid he might cry?

from Chapters 3-4

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Little Isannah kisses Jhonny's burned hand.

Then she tried to kiss Johnny, but he thought it beneath his
dignity to be kissed on the street.
You're too mussed up with licorice, he said.
She bent and kissed his burned hand.
He said nothing. He was suddenly afraid he might cry.