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"Sure, if he gets killed or something, you just bury him. No sweat."
— Marcia to Two-Bit about Dally in The Outsiders, page 30
Marcia
Marcia
Gang Socs
Born May 24[1]
Fate Alive as of The Outsiders
Family Members Unknown
Friends Cherry Valance, Randy Adderson, Robert Sheldon
Enemies None
Relationships Randy Adderson (boyfriend), Two-Bit Mathews (possible love interest)
Portrayed By Michelle Meyrink


Marcia is a Soc girl and a minor character in The Outsiders. She is friends with Cherry, and the girlfriend of Randy.

Appearance

Marcia is attractive,[2] and has short, dark hair.[3]

Personality

Marcia wouldn't let a free offer slip by her.[4] She is also described as having the same sense of humor as Two-Bit.[5]

History

The Outsiders

Marcia is first seen with Cherry at the movies. When Dallas starts bugging Cherry, Marcia gossips about him right in front of him, Ponyboy, and Johnny.
She asks Ponyboy why they don't see his brother Sodapop at school anymore, much to Ponyboy's dismay.
When Dallas leaves for good, she invites Ponyboy and Johnny up to sit with her and Cherry. She asks them how old they are, and begins to say she thought they were both fourteen, when Cherry cuts her off saying sixteen.
They begin talking about Dallas. Ponyboy says he'd leave them alone if he knew them, and Marcia says she's glad she doesn't know him.
Two-Bit stops by, and starts making jokes. He asks Ponyboy and Johnny if the girls were their great-aunts, and shows an interest in Marcia. Marcia and Two-Bit joke around with each other. It is hinted she likes Two-Bit a little.
Dallas becomes their topic of conversation once again. Marcia says that if he gets killed in a fight, they could bury him easily. She declines the offer if a cigarette along with Cherry, and finishes the Coke Dallas gave her. Ponyboy notices that she and Cherry are not alike because she gladly took a free beverage, while Cherry didn't because of where it came from.
After the movie, the greasers realized that Marcia and Cherry had no ride home. Two-Bit convinced them to let him drive them home, so they started walking to his house. As they walk, Two-Bit and Marcia engage in their own conversation, oblivious to the one Ponyboy, Cherry, and Johnny were having. Marcia was the one who noticed the blue mustang of Bob and her boyfriend, Randy. She is relived when the mustang passes by.
After Ponyboy gets and Two-Bit have a minor argument, Cherry and Marcia remain silent, not knowing what to say. The blue mustang comes back, and Randy and Bob came out of it, looking for their girlfriends. Marcia gives Randy a cold stare, but doesn't say anything. Her and Cherry got in the mustang and left with the Socs.
Two-Bit throws away Marcia's number when he gets home, and says it is probably a phony one anyway. After this, Marcia is mentioned briefly throughout various parts of the book, but makes no more appearances.

Quotes

"Y'all sit up here with us. You can protect us."
—Marcia to Johnny and Ponyboy The Outsiders, page 25


Marcia: "How old are y'all?"
Ponyboy: "Fourteen."
Johnny: "Sixteen."
Marcia: "That's funny. I thought you were both..."
Cherry: "Sixteen."
—Marcia to Ponyboy and Johnny The Outsiders, page 25


"Well, I'm glad he doesn't know us."
—Marcia about Dally The Outsiders, page 27


Two-Bit: "Shoot, you're ninety-six if you're a day."
Marcia: "I'm a night."
Two-Bit: "Brother, you're a sharp one. Where'd you two ever get to be picked up by a couple of greasy hoods like Pony and Johnny?"
Marcia: "We really picked them up. We're really Arabian slave traders and we're thinking about shanghaiing them. They're worth ten camels apiece at least."
Two-Bit: "Five. They don't talk Arabian, I don't think. Say somethin' in Arabian, Johnnycake."
—Marcia and Two-Bit The Outsiders, page 28


"She was finishing the Coke Dally had given her. I realized then that Marcia and Cherry weren't alike. Cherry had said she wouldn't drink Dally's Coke if she was starving, and she meant it. It was the principle of the thing. But Marcia saw no reason to throw away a perfectly good, free Coke."
—Ponyboy's thoughts on Marcia The Outsiders, page 30


"Marcia's number. Probably a phony one, too. I must have been outta my mind to ask for it. I think I'm a little soused."
—Two-Bit about Marcia The Outsiders, page 46

Film Portrayal

Michelle Meyrink portrays Marcia in the 1983 production of The Outsiders.

References and Citations

  1. Revealed by SE Hinton
  2. Revealed in The Outsiders, page 46
  3. Revealed in The Outsiders, page 21
  4. Revealed in The Outsiders, page 30
  5. Revealed in The Outsiders, page 30

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