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Mrs. Cade is Johnny Cade's abusive mother, and the wife of Mr Cade. She is an alcoholic and always ignores Johnny, except when she's "hacked off at something, and then you can hear her yelling clear down at our house," according to Ponyboy.


She was a little woman, with curly black hair and big black eyes like Johnny's, but hers were cheap and hard instead of soft and sensitive like Johnny's.

Prominence and Personality

Johnny's mum is not spoken about or seen much in the book or movie, although it is said she does not stop Johnny's dad from abusing him and ignores Johnny as much as she can. She is also said to be a huge alcoholic, and dislikes both Johnny and her husband, and they fight regularly, which leaves a harmful impact Johnny a lot.

Visiting Johnny in the Hospital

When Johnny is in the hospital, she goes to visit him. But, Johnny refuses to see her, saying that she probably just wants to yell at him. She says “He (Johnny)‘d rather see these no-good punks than his own mother.” and “You scum!” to Two-Bit. When she is confronted by his "sons" friends, she does not take responsibility. Two-Bit (which she called a no-good punk and scum) tries yelling at her "No wonder he hates your guts. You don't even care about him, you damn drunk," before Ponyboy moves him along to see Dally. She and her husband divorced they both didn’t care about Johnny