What do we learn about Dally in The Outsiders when he talks to Johnny about jail and goes into the church to save him?
Dally's plea to Johnny not to turn himself in reveals how much he actually cares for the other boy:
"Johnny, I ain't mad at you. I just don't want you to get hurt. You don't know what a few months in jail can do to you" (89).
Despite Dally's tough exterior and hardened persona, he shows that he genuinely cares for Johnny like a younger brother; this moment transforms his characterization in the novel by revealing that Dally does have a sensitive, caring side. Moreover, Dally acts selflessly to save Johnny from the church fire, putting himself at risk to help someone else, which is a direct contrast to his earlier self-centered attitude. Chapter Six really showcases Dally as a character who does care deeply for his fellow gang members, that he does, in fact, have a heart.