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Empathy is shown on page 116, where Randy makes Pony see his view of Bob's life. In the book Randy says, "'They (Bob's Parents) spoiled him rotten. I mean, most parents would be proud of a kid that - good-lookin' and smart and everything, but they gave in to him all the time. He kept trying to make someone say 'No.' and the never did. They never did. That was what he wanted,'" and Randy also said, "' One time he came home drunker than anything. He thought sure they were gonna raise the roof. You know what the did? They thought it was something they'd done.'" Ponyboy than said to Two-Bit, "' He ain't a Soc, he's just a guy."

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On page 33 Empathy is shown, when Cherry tells Pony that the Soc's have it rough too and not all Soc's are cruel. She forces pony to think of what the Soc's have to deal with. It said "she looked him right in the eyes and said, You might not believe it but it's rough all over." She also included that he probably thinks that all of them have made it and have everything they want. She made Pony think of what its like to be a Soc.

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In the beginning of the story pony thought Darry didn't love him then during the church fire in chapter 6. the empathy is that Darry cares for him when pony was in the hospital and wanted to see him, when he was arguing with the nurse to see pony, pony felt bad and started getting tears down his face

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When Cherry is talking to Pony about there worlds are not so different, she is trying to get Ponyboy to realize he should have empathy for the Socs too. In the the page before Cherry is talking to she says that the soc's are about money. The money that they have is the thing that keeps them going. Cherry talks about that her and Pony see the same sun set. She also says, "It doesn't matter what side you're on you always see the same sunset (pg41).