What does the episode with the horse Mickey Mouse tell you about Sodapop and Ponyboy in The Outsiders?

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It is clear that Pony hates living in the city and his greaser lifestyle. Living in the country, he would "not worry about being jumped or carrying a blade or ending up married to some scatterbrained broad with no sense." Ever the dreamer, Pony envisions how the country life would be much more like the way the boys happily lived before his parents were killed. Pony still dreams of finding Mickey Mouse, the horse which Soda had befriended several years before when he worked in a stable. Soda didn't own Mickey Mouse--it belonged to someone else--but the horse would only obey Soda. When the horse was sold, Soda was devastated, and Pony saved his money in the hope of buying Mickey Mouse back for his brother, but they never saw the horse again. Mickey Mouse symbolizes the happy days the Curtis brothers had enjoyed with their parents: a father who always had time for his sons and a mother who "was golden and beautiful..." With Mickey Mouse back, Pony could get another "yellow cur dog, like I used to," and Soda could

... ride in all the rodeos he wanted, and Darry would lose that cold, hard look and be like he used to be...  (Chapter 3)

(In the film version of The Outsiders, Two-Bit is often seen wearing a Mickey Mouse t-shirt and watching Mickey Mouse cartoons on the TV--a tribute to the horse by the same name.)