come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle
It was a chilly night and T-shirts aren’t the warmest clothes in the world, but nobody ever gets cold in a rumble, and besides, jackets
interfere with your swinging ability.
compliance with accepted standards, rules, or norms
Soda fought for fun, Steve for hatred, Darry for pride, and Two-Bit for
strongly motivated to succeed
Living the way we do would only make him more
determined to get somewhere.
the act of punishing
His boys ranged from fifteen to nineteen, hard-looking characters who were used to the strict
discipline Tim gave out.
openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
We mostly stuck with our own outfits, so I was a little
leery of going over to him, but I shrugged.
subjected to great tension; stretched tight
He stood there, tall, broad-shouldered, his muscles
taut under his T-shirt and his eyes glittering like ice.
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
Because Darry was standing there representing all of us, and maybe Paul felt only
contempt and pity and hate for greasers?
showing lack of emotional involvement
Numerous bruises along my back and on my face were throbbing, but I felt
detached from the pain, as if it wasn’t really me feeling it.
an article giving opinions or perspectives
That’s what you get for helpin’ people.
Editorials in the paper and a lot of trouble.
intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
He was very still, and for a moment I thought in
agony: He’s dead already.
I walked down the hall in a daze. Dally had taken the car and I started the long walk home in a
"Stupor" and "daze" are synonyms. Having been kicked in the head during the rumble, Ponyboy is physically dazed and stupefied. But he is also in an emotional daze and stupor from the distress and shock of seeing Johnny die.
perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements
His eyes were closed, but when the door shut behind me he opened them, and I suddenly wondered if my own eyes looked as feverish and
bewildered as his.
the striking of one body against another
He was jerked half around by the
impact of the bullets, then slowly crumpled with a look of grim triumph on his face.
"Impact" also means "strong effect"--Dally chose to face the impact of the bullets because he couldn't handle the impact of Johnny's death.
dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or dismay
He died violent and young and
desperate, just like we all knew he’d die someday.
injury to the brain caused by a blow
Exhaustion, shock, minor
concussion—and Two-Bit came blubberin’ over here with some tale about how you were running a fever before the rumble and how it was all his fault you were sick.