That Was Then, This is Now is a novel by S. E. Hinton. It was first published in 1971. The novel is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and follows the lives of two teenage boys, Mark and Bryon. Mark is from a wealthy family, while Bryon is from a poor family. The novel deals with issues of class, violence, and friendship.
The novel opens with Byron, the sixteen-year-old narrator and protagonist, going to visit his best pal Mark at Charlie’s Bar, a pool hall in a tough area of town. Since the age of nine, when his parents murdered each other in a drunken brawl, Mark has lived with Bryon and his mother.
Bryon and Mark have grown up together, and they are as close as brothers. At Charlie’s, Bryon runs into M&M, a friend from his childhood who now hangs out with a tough crowd. M&M is trying to impress his girlfriend, Cathy, by picking a fight with Bryon. Bryon doesn’t want to fight, but he also doesn’t want to back down in front of Cathy. The situation turns dangerous when one of M&M’s friends pulls out a knife.
Bryon manages to talk his way out of the fight, but he knows that it is only a matter of time before M&M comes looking for revenge. Bryon is also worried about Mark, who has been hanging out with M&M’s crowd lately. Bryon knows that Mark is not a fighter, and he doesn’t want his friend to get hurt.
Bryon decides to take matters into his own hands by confronting M&M. He finds M&M alone in an alley, and the two boys fight. Bryon emerges victorious, but he is badly injured. As he limps home, he knows that things will never be the same between him and Mark.
The novel ends with Bryon reflecting on the events of the summer. He has grown up a lot over the course of the novel, and he knows that he can never go back to being a child. He also knows that he and Mark will never be as close as they once were.
Charlie’s Bar is a popular hangout for Mark and Byron, who frequently hustle pool to make money. There are no one else to hound on this particular night, so they persuade Charlie, a gruff but likeable bartender, to buy them some Cokes on the house. Charlie forces them to promise that they will pay the three dollars they owe by the next day, and Mark and Byron set off in search of their friend M&M.
Charlie’s is a rough bar and the clientele are mostly men, many of them Vietnam veterans. The novel That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton is set in an urban area and the novel focuses on the theme of brotherhood. Mark and Bryon are best friends but they come from different backgrounds. Bryon is from a wealthy family and Mark is from a poor family. Despite their differences, they are drawn to each other because they share a similar outlook on life.
When Mark and Bryon find M&M, he is with his girlfriend Gina. The three of them go to a party where they drink beer and smoke marijuana. While at the party, Gina tells Bryon that she is pregnant. Bryon is shocked and upset, and he tells Mark what Gina said. Mark is also upset, but he does not show it.
Later, Bryon and Gina get into a fight and she leaves the party. Bryon goes after her, and when he finds her, she tells him that she is not really pregnant. Bryon is relieved, but he is also disappointed that Gina was able to trick him.
The novel That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton explores the themes of brotherhood, loyalty, and betrayal. It is a novel that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.
In the drugstore, they discover M&M, a remarkable smart and trusting thirteen-year-old from a large family who is reading a news magazine. The three teenagers spend a typical night aimlessly looking for fun, with events coming to an end dramatically when M&M is assaulted by members of another gang.
When Ponyboy and Johnny come to his rescue, they accidentally kill one of the attackers. This leads to a series of events that test the friendships of the novel’s protagonists, as well as their capacity for growth and change. S.E. Hinton’s novel That Was Then, This is Now explores the complex relationships between friends, family, and society. It is a novel that speaks to the experience of adolescence, and the challenges of growing up.
Mark and Byron are eager to fight back, rescuing M&M and stealing three dollars that Charlie owes him in the process. Mark and Bryon live in a world where muggings, brawls, and thievery are all common occurrences.
When they meet Charlie, a new boy in town with a dark past, they see the perfect opportunity to make some quick cash. But as they get to know him, they begin to realize that Charlie is not the easy mark they thought he was.
Bryon’s mother has been in the hospital for a costly operation, and they were forced to sell their automobile to pay for it. Bryon has been looking for work but has had no luck, and Mark—who is on probation for hot-wiring cars—has stolen goods on several occasions to make ends meet. When they go see Bryon’s kindhearted mother at the hospital, she urges them to speak with the hurt kid on the other side of the hall who hasn’t seen anyone.
Charlie is in a coma after being beaten up by a gang. The novel focuses on the struggles of growing up and making choices, as Bryon tries to stay out of trouble while Mark drifts further into it.
That Was Then, This Is Now is a novel by S. E. Hinton, first published in 1971. Hinton was 17 when she started writing the novel, which is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the late 1960s. It follows the lives of two friends, Mark and Bryon, as they deal with the challenges of growing up. The novel addresses themes of loyalty, betrayal, guilt, and violence.
The title refers to a line from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If—”, which is quoted in the novel: “If you can wait and not be tired by waiting / Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies.” Hinton has said that she wanted the novel to be about how “things change with time, and people change with time.”