In the story, there is a conflict between Ponyboy and Darry. The reason there is a conflict is Darry had to be Soda's and Ponyboys's parent because theirs died. Darry doesn't want them to get into trouble because they could be taken away and put into a home. Darry reacted like a parent to Ponyboy coming home late. He was so worried and angry that he hit Pony. "It was Darry, he hit me' (51).
It is at the church that Pony recites the "Stay Gold" poem to Johnny, a moment when he can share something that he has never shared with his brothers or gang before. (70) The church made him feel joy when he saw the sunset and told Johnny the poem. The reason he can't tell his brothers of the rest of the gang is that they don't understand him like Johnny does.
Even though Johnny was terrified of the Socs, he killed Bob to save Ponyboy's life. He shows his loyalty when he says, "I had to. They were drowning you. They might have killed you." (57). Pony and Johnny were closer than friends, they were as close as brothers.