You'd better wise up, Pony . . . you get tough like me and you don't get hurt. You look out for yourself and nothin' can touch you . . .
Chapter 9 Words Of The Wiser
I don't get what you're saying...
Contrasts and Contradictions- Johnny is shy and can get nervous very easily. It would seem like he would not be brave enough to stand up for himself. Why Is The Character Doing That? - He may have wanted to impress Dally or just wanted to speak for himself.
Chapter 10 Again And Again
Aha Moment- When Ponyboy was called being a hero in the news article, it was surprising; Ponyboy is a greaser, and everyone thinks greasers are bad people. How Might This Change Things?- When he's walking down a street, someone might come up and say he's a hero. It might also change his brother's perspective about him, by thinking he's more selfless by risking himself to save people.
Words Of The Wiser- "You'd better wise up, Pony . . . you get tough like me and you don't get hurt. You look out for yourself and nothin' can touch you . . ." What Is The Lesson?- He's telling him to get tougher, and to become very cold and hard. I think what Dally is mentioning is Johnny, and how he was talking about how Johnny was soft and got killed because of it.
Again And Again- He keeps repeating that Johnny isn't dead. Why Does This Keep Happening?- He wanted to believe that Johnny is not dead, because it hurted him a lot. Also, Johnny was his best buddy, and that was hard for Ponyboy to realize that his best friend died.