What parts in "The Outsiders" show that Ponyboy also has an intellectual side?Are these parts also depicted in the movie or are they left out?

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There are three specific parts in the book that stick out the most, showing Ponyboy's intellectual side.  The first one occurs in chapter one when Ponyboy is talking about the movies.  He explains to the reader that he doesn't like to go to the movies alone because he enjoys concentrating on the movie and pretending that he is a part of the action or one of the actors in the film. The second instance occurs when Ponyboy and Johnny are hiding out at the old church.  One morning they wkae up and Pony recites a poem -- "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost -- as the boys are gazing at the sun.  After reciting the poem, Ponyboy explains to Johnny that the reason that he remembered the poem so well is because he never understood what it meant but wanted to.  The final example occurs back in chapter one when Ponyboy is describing each of the characters.  He seems to understand everything about each boy's personality, how he came to be the way that he is, and what each boy really wants from life.