When Johnny died it really impacted the way that Pony behaved. At first, Pony was in denial and saying that Johnny had not died and that he was not the one that killed Bob. For example, "'Johnny is not dead.' My voice started shaking.'Johnny is not dead'"(165). This shows that Pony was beginning to act crazy and was denying that Johnny died.
When Darry hit Pony, it later showed Pony that Darry does actually like him. After Darry hit Pony, Pony ran away with Johnny to a church in a small town. Dally was the one that gave them help on how to get away. After a couple of days, Dally showed up with some supplies and a letter for Pony. The letter was from pony and in it, it said, "Darry and me nearly went nuts when you ran out like that. Darry is awful sorry he hit you"(81). This showed Pony that Darry did care for him and that he was worried sick with Pony gone.
When Pony and Johnny ran away, it showed Pony many things such as that Soda loves him. After Johnny kills Bob, Johnny and Pony have to run away with the help of Dally. While they were there, Dally came with some supplies and a letter for Pony. The letter was from Soda and in it, it said, "I wish you'd come back and turn yourselves in..."(82). This showed Pony that Soda cared for him and really wanted him to come back.