- Dally: “…Crazy for wanting Johnny to stay outa trouble, for not wantin’ him to get hard. If he’d been like me he’d never have been in this mess. If he’d got smart like me he’d never have run into that church. That’s what you get for helpin’ people. Editorials in the paper and a lot of trouble… 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…”
- Johnny: “Stay gold.
its from 2 things in the one poem that pony says but he doesn't know how to make sense of it but jonny eventualy does and stay gold is what pony describes his mom or somthing very speacial as gold his mom was golden also ponys hair is blonde gold an d stay gold is stay a hero and golden like his mom
also dally is hard nothing makes him cry and doesnt care about anybody but jonny jonny is who he cares about