Discuss Dally's advice to Johnny about his parents in The Outsiders.

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Both Johnny and Dally have parents who pay little attention to them. Johnny's parents argue all the time and his father beats him, driving Johnny to spend as much time as possible with his greaser brothers. But unlike Dally, who doesn't care about his parents at all, Johnny still yearns for the love of his mother and father. When Johnny decides that he and Ponyboy will return to Tulsa and turn themselves in following their stay at the abandoned church, Dally questions the wisdom of leaving their hideout. Johnny knew that his own parents probably weren't upset about his absence, unlike Darry's and Soda's worries concerning Pony's whereabouts.

"Blast it, Johnny, what do they matter? Shoot, my old man don't give a hang whether I'm in jail or dead in a car wreck or drunk in the gutter. That don't bother me none."

It was typical Dallas Winston, preaching how, if you stay tough, nothing can touch you. But Dally knew that Johnny loved his parents and wanted their love in return, so he went along with the boys' decision to turn themselves in.

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