After Bob dies, Ponyboy is with Steve and Two-bit at the shop. When they go inside, Randy calls Pony over and talks to him. Previously, Pony thought of the Socs as evil, soulless shells of people, but his view changes after the talk According to the book "...yet there was pain in his eyes." (116) this demonstrates how Ponyboy was heavily impacted by the realization of Socs having feelings and experiencing pain.
The hospital impacts Pony because it is in the hospital that Johnny dies and Ponyboy loses his best friend. The shock and trauma that the hospital causes is demonstrated when Pony is in denial he thinks, "The still body back in the hospital wasn't Johnny" (150). Therefore the hospital is important because a life-changing scene takes place there.
When Pony is hiding out with Johnny of whether to leave and turn himself in or stay in hiding and protect himself and Johnny. He is desperate to reconnect with the world. This struggle can be seen when he thinks, "I'd never lived to see the day when I would be so glad to see Dally Winston but right then, he meant one thing: the outside world" (80). Pony also mentions how Dally's visit is "vital" because it provides an outlet to the outside world (50).