During Johnny and Ponyboy's exile in the old church on Jay Mountain in Susan E. Hinton's teen novel, The Outsiders, Ponyboy read aloud to Johnny from his favorite novel, Gone With the Wind. Johnny became an even bigger fan of the book than Pony, identifying particularly with the Southern gentlemen.
"I bet they were cool ol' guys," he said, his eyes glowing after I had read the part about them riding into sure death because they were gallant. "They remind me of Dally."
Pony disagreed with the comparison to Dallas Winston, instead claiming that "Soda's more like them Southern boys," but Johnny's hero worship of Dally was now more obvious than ever. In addition to the Southerner's gallantry, he admired their manners and charm--two social graces which Dally seemed to lack in abundance.