Summarize Chapter 4 of the novel The Outsiders.

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Chapter 4 begins with Johnny and Ponyboy hanging out in a park at 2:30 a.m. A blue Mustang begins to circle the park, and Johnny wonders if the Socs are looking for them because they picked up Cherry and Marcia earlier. Five Socs step out of the Mustang and begin walking towards Johnny and Ponyboy. The boys do not run, and Johnny puts his hand in his back pocket where he keeps his switchblade. Ponyboy recognizes Randy and Bob as they approach them. The Socs and Greasers exchange words and Ponyboy spits at them after he says, Socs are simply white trash with Mustangs and madras. Bob tells another Soc named David to give Ponyboy a bath, and David grabs Pony and tries to drown him in the fountain. Ponyboy struggles and feels like he's going to drown. Ponyboy passes out and wakes up soaking wet. He notices Johnny sitting next to him, and Johnny says that he killed the boy who tried to drown Pony. Johnny tells Pony that the rest of the Socs ran away. Johnny says to Ponyboy that they'll need to get money, a gun, and have a plan because the police will be looking for them. They decide to ask Dally for help, and go to Buck Merril's house to find him. Johnny and Ponyboy explain what happened to Dally, and Dally gives them a gun and some money. After Dally gives Pony a sweater and a leather jacket, he tells them to hop a train to Windrixville. He tells them about an old abandoned church on the top of Jay Mountain, which is a good hideout. The boys take Dally's advice and hop the train to Windrixville. When they arrive, Ponyboy asks a farmer who is driving a tractor for directions to Jay Mountain. The farmer tells them how to get to there, and the boys walk forty-five minutes to their destination. Johnny and Ponyboy arrive at the abandoned church and enter. Both of the boys end up falling asleep on the floor of the abandoned church.