Coloring is easy. All you have to do is stay coloring inside the lines... but the closer you get to the line, the more careful you have to be. You cannot color outside the lines. In The Outsiders, written by S. E. Hinton, Ponyboy -along the other Greasers- are considered outsiders. They're filthy, repulsive, and a waste of space to those of the Socs clan. It doesn't seem so hard though, right? You stay on your side of the town and I'll stay on mine? Seems simple... but when someone gets too close to the line, they don't have much time to back up before a brawl will occur. One night a fight busted out between the Greasers and the Socs, but not just any fight. This was a fight that changed Ponyboy's life forever. A fight where his best friend, Johnny, were to kill a Soc. Because of this accidental murder, Johnny and Ponyboy ar forced to runaway from town. Through their journey from home, Pony learns a true sense of himself through Johnny's words, "Stay gold, Ponyboy." This quote in The Outsiders is a reference to a Robert Frost poem that ironically tells us that "nothing can stay gold". The Greasers are apart of such a harsh society of life, whether it's getting to close to the line or crossing it... It's important to remain gold, or innocent in a time of messy scribbles and unfortunate events. Ponyboy needs to stay innocent through the time of his best friend suffering, his brothers taking care of him, and the Socs ruining his own life, he needs to stay gold.