ever since Mom and Dad died, Dallas had never been the same
The cops told us that we could stay together as a family, if we behaved...
you kids behave now
we will officers!!!!
this connects with the theme, stay a kid as long as you can, because ever since ponyboys parents died Dallas had never been the same. Instead of being a normal teenager and hanging out with friends, he was always working and had no time for anybody. He is the main support of the family financialally. He looks after us, he shouldn't be worrying about this kind of stuff, all the responsibility had been left on him