Johnny and Ponyboy have a very strong bond. Johnny is the "dark little puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers"(11). After Johnny kills Bob, the leader of the Socs, he and Ponyboy decide that they will run away together because the police will put "them in the electric chair"(57). Because Johnny is small and scared, Ponyboy will protect him because Johnny needs protection.
After Johnny kills Bob, he and Ponyboy decide to run away together. However, they have to hide in a church and Ponyboy doesn't like the church. As he makes observations about the setting, he says "But this gave me a kind of creepy feeling"(67). Ponyboy realizes that because of his setting, he has to be careful and stay put or he and Johnny will be caught by the police.
Johnny and Ponyboy have a very strong bond now that they have killed someone, hitched a train, hid in an old church and then went through a fire, all together. When Johnny dies, it really hurts Ponyboy. When Ponyboy is walking home from the hospital, he is so distraught that he comes up with a way to pretend it happen because in the text, it says "He isn't dead, I said to myself"(151). He tries to block out reality all at once.