"That's why we're separated. It's not the money, it's feeling-you don't feel anything and we feel too violently." Page 38
Ponyboy means that the Socs don't feel anything so they don't let teir real selves, like their softer sides, be shown. And that the Greasers feel too violently by trying to look and be tough.
"Hey," I said suddenly, "can you see the sunset real good from the West Side?"
She blinked, startled, then smiled. "Real good."
"You can see it good from the East Side too," I said quietly. Pages 129-130
Ponyboy is saying that they can see the sunset at both the Greasers territory and the Socs territory.
"Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay."
(By Robert Frost) Page 77
This is the poem Ponyboy told Johnny when they where watching the sunset.
"In the country... I loved the country. I wanted to be out of towns and away from excitement. I only wanted to lie on my back under a tree and read a book or draw a picture, and not worry about being jumped or carrying a blade or ending up married to a scatterbrained broad with no sense. The country would be like that, I though dreamily. I would have a yeller cur dog, like I used to, and Sodapop could get Mickey Mouse back and ride in all the rodeos he wanted to, and Darry would lose that cold, hard look and be like he used to be, eight months ago, before Mom and Dad were killed. Since I was dreaming I brought Mom and Dad back to life... Mom could bake somemore chocolate cakes and Dad would drive the pickup out early to feed the cattle. He would slap Darry on the back and tell him he was getting to be a man, a regular chip off the old block, and they would be as close as they used to be. Maybe Johnny could come and live with us, and the gang could come out on weekends, and maybe Dallas would see that there was some good in the world after all, and Mom would talk to him and make him grin in spite of himself. "You've got quite a mom," Dally used to say. "She knows the score." She could alk to Dallas and keep him from getting into a lot of trouble. My mother was golden and beautiful..." Page 48
This is what Ponyboy wants the most, his perfect life. He just wants things to be like they used to be, when everyone was happy.
"Soda fought for fun, Steve for hatred, Darry for pride, and Two-Bit for conformity. Why do I fight? I thought. I couldn't think of any real good reason. There isn't any real good reason for fighting except self-defense." Page 137
Everyone has a reason to fight, but Ponyboy can't find his reason. He just fought because everyone else did.