- Non-addict Stevie Hutchison's falling in love with Stella. Its serves as a deserving break from the early junk drama chapters. Set during an already uplifting new year party, nevertheless Stevie is disheartened by having to wait on her decision, and feeling out of kilter with the rest of the crew. But she phones him up and tells him to wait at the station for her. Not even an attack by a Jambo mob can break his (or the reader's) spirits. And then they embrace. Victory On New Year's Day, indeed!
- Renton compensating Spud with his share of the cash.
- Renton, Spud and Sick Boy all hugging each other in excitement after selling the heroin for £16,000.
- Renton's parents actually being there for him and doing their best for him even though he causes them so much pain and trouble.