While Pony and Johnny are hiding out in the abandoned church in Windrixville, Pony begins to read the novel Gone with the Wind aloud to pass the time. Pony mentions that Johnny's favorite characters were the gallant Southern gentlemen, who courageously rode into sure death. Johnny tells Ponyboy that he bet the Southern gentlemen were cool and comments that they reminded him of Dally. Initially, Pony is confused by Johnny's comparison because Dally is a rough, informal person, who lacks social graces and is purposely rude. However, Johnny responds by telling Pony a story about Dally gallantly taking the blame for a crime that Two-Bit committed and not saying a word to the police while they placed him under arrest. In Johnny's opinion, Dally's selflessness and courage during tense situations are what he considers gallant.
There is more than enough evidence to prove Johnny's statement and label Dally a gallant individual. Dally acts gallant by helping Pony and Johnny skip town after Bob Sheldon's murder, which is a criminal offense that could result in serious jail time. Dally also behaves gallantly by entering the burning church to rescue Johnny from the flames. Dally once again reveals that he is a gallant individual by leaving the hospital and joining the rumble to help his friends defeat the Socs. Despite being a rude, insensitive character, Dally proves that he is gallant numerous times in the story.