s.e. hinton

Two-Bit Matthews from The Outsiders

Goofy, lighthearted Two-Bit (brought to life onscreen by Emilio Estavez) is the ray of sunshine in the lives of Ponyboy Curtis and his friends, the titular Outsiders in S.E. Hinton’s breakthrough novel. When you’re constantly marginalized by the upper-crust Socs (pronounced so-sihez) on the other side of the tracks, sometimes a little humor is just what’s needed to get through a bad situation. Two-Bit is every bit as Greaser as the rest of his friends (although one might argue that Dallas outdoes the lot of them), but he lends a whimisical touch to his “tuff” getup with a Mickey Mouse T-shirt.