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Transcript of Dallas Winston
Dally's favorite of the gang was Johnny, the youngest and most innocent of the group. Johnny was the only one that Dallas would listen to. Dallas hit on a Socs named Cherry, who never wanted to see Dally again because she was afraid she'd fall in love with him.
"Oh, my, my [...] you've got me scared to death. You ought to see my record sometime, baby. [...]Guess what I've been in for?" (Hinton 20).
"I'm never nice." (Hinton 20)
"We gotta win that fight tonight [...] We gotta get
even with the Socs. For Johnny" (Hinton 107).
Johnny, [...] Johnny, I ain't mad at you. I just don't want you to get hurt. You don't know what a few months in jail can do to you. Oh, blast it, Johnny...you get hardened in jail. I don't want that to happen to you. Like it happened to me..."
Summary of character’s role in the novel
Dally was the one who first met Cherry (who was later important). Dallas was the one who helped Ponyboy and Johnny escape the cops telling them about the abandoned church, giving them a gun, and giving them some money. He saved Pony and Johnny from the burning church. He broke his wrist saving them and ended up in the hospital, only to escape and help out during the rumble. After Johnny died, he broke, and robbed a store to get the police to come after him and died.
Quotes about Dallas:
"We all had the money to get in--- it only costs a quarter if you're not in a car--- but Dally hated to do things the legal way. He liked to show that he didn't care whether there was a law or not. He went around trying to break laws" (Hinton 19).
"We deserve a lot of our trouble, I thought. Dallas deserves everything he gets, and should get worse, if you want the truth" (Hinton 14).
"Dally had spent three years on the wild side of New York and had been arrested at the age of ten. He was tougher than the rest of us--- tougher, colder, meaner. The shade of difference that separates a greaser from a hood wasn't present in Dally. He was as wild as the boys in the downtown outfits, like Tim Shepard's gang" (Hinton 10).
"He had quite a reputation. They have a file on him down at the police station. He had been arrested, he got drunk, he rode in rodeos, lied, cheated, stole, rolled drunks, jumped small kids--- he did everything. I didn't like him, but he was smart and you had to respect him" (Hinton 10-11).
"He had an elfish face, with high cheekbones and a pointed chin, small, sharp animal teeth, and ears like a lynx. His hair was almost white it was so blond, and he didn't like haircuts, or hair oil either, so it fell over his forehead in wisps and kicked out in the back in tufts and curled behind his ears and along the nape of his neck. His eyes were blue, blazing ice, cold with a hatred of the whole world" (Hinton 10).
Dally Winston was tougher, colder, and meaner than the others. He acts wild and hood-like. He was in and out of jail constantly, and is never nice (his own words).