Ponyboy is supposed to be the brightest and most insightful of all the greasers in The Outsiders. He makes good grades in school, while Johnny had failed one grade and makes bad grades. But during their stay at the church, Pony sees that Johnny is much more intelligent than he ever realized. While they took turns reading their copy of Gone with the Wind,
It amazed me how Johnny could get more meaning out of some of the stuff in there than I could--
In this way, Johnny was "deeper" than Pony. Johnny was enthralled with the Southern gentlemen in the novel--"impressed with their manners and charm"--and he saw comparisons with them and Dallas Winston. Johnny considered Dally chivalrous, particularly when he took the rap for Two-Bit one day, going to jail for a crime he did not commit in order to keep his pal out of trouble.