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How does Dally help Ponyboy and Johnny after the murder?

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In chapter 4, Johnny and Pony are jumped by a group of Socs, and one of the Socs attempts to drown Pony in the park fountain. Johnny intervenes and saves Pony's life by stabbing and killing the Soc in self-defense. Shortly after Pony recovers from the incident, he and Johnny seek Dally's help and advice. The boys end up traveling to Buck Merril's place, where Dally is hanging out, and find him there when they arrive. Johnny immediately explains to Dally what happened in the park, and Pony mentions that Dally didn't bat an eye.

Dally ends up helping the boys by giving them a gun and fifty dollars. Dally also gives Pony a worn brown leather jacket with yellow sheep's-wool lining to keep him warm and instructs them to skip town immediately. Dally also tells Johnny and Pony to hop the three-fifteen freight to Windrixville and hide out in an abandoned church on the top of Jay Mountain. He then instructs the boys to buy a week's supply of food as soon as they get there and remain inside the abandoned church until they receive word from him that it is okay to go outside. By helping the boys in a time of need, Dally demonstrates his loyalty and selflessness. He is committing a serious crime by helping the boys skip town, and without Dally's help, Johnny and Pony would certainly be arrested.

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