Shortly after Johnny kills Bob Sheldon in self-defense, the boys decide to turn to Dally for advice. Johnny and Pony are both aware of their desperate situation and understand that the law is not on their side. Both boys are Greasers and do not have a good chance of being tried fairly in a court of law. They are used to being unfairly blamed for crimes and are easy targets in their community since they come from poor families and have bad reputations. Johnny is also aware that the boy he killed hails from an affluent family, which makes his situation that much worse. When the boys find Dally at Buck Merril's place, he gives them fifty dollars, a loaded gun, a warm leather jacket, and directions to an abandoned church in Windrixville. Considering the fact that Johnny and Pony become closer friends after hiding out in Windrixville and the boys are depicted as heroes for saving numerous children in the church fire, one could argue that Dally's advice was positive. Tragically, Johnny is mortally wounded during the church fire and dies at a young age.