Ponyboy is about the only greaser in The Outsiders who can call a Soc a friend. He has gotten to know Cherry Valance and has bonded with her. Later, after Cherry's boyfriend, Randy Adderson, is killed, Pony is befriended by Bob Sheldon, Randy's best friend. After talking with Bob, Pony recognizes that there's not really much difference between the Socs and greasers. Both groups live their lives in different ways, and there's little chance that things will change much. Pony agrees with what Randy tells him, that
"You'll still be where you were before--at the bottom. And we'll still be the lucky ones with all the breaks... Greasers will still be greasers and Socs will still be Socs."
Pony is a dreamer, who hopes to someday break out of the greaser mold. He is one of the few of his group who will have such a chance; his intelligence and writing talent sets him above many of the others, but he is also a realist. He has not developed the deep hatred for the Socs that fills Dally and Johnny and members of the other gangs, like the Brumley boys. He sees that Randy
"... ain't a Soc... He's just a guy."
... Socs were just guys after all. Things were rough all over, but it was better that way. That way you could tell the other guy was human, too.