What is Ponyboy's opinion of Johnny in the beginning of The Outsiders?  

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At the beginning of the novel, Ponyboy views Johnny as the "gang's pet." He mentions that Johnny was a smaller boy who had a nervous look in his eyes. Pony describes Johnny as a dark, lost puppy that had been kicked too many times. Ponyboy feels sympathy for Johnny because of his rough home life, and the vicious beating he received from a group of Socs four months earlier. Ponyboy relates to Johnny because they share similar interests and ideas, such as movies and the greaser "lifestyle." They share a close friendship with each other because they are nearly the same age and are the smallest members of the gang. Ponyboy is happy to run away with Johnny because he is intelligent and sensitive.

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