What is Pony's observation about people when they are asleep in The Outsiders?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Ponyboy values his sleep, though his troubles cause his own brothers to lose much of theirs in Susan E. Hinton's novel, The Outsiders. Because of the Curtis' small house, Pony shares a bed each night with his brother, Soda; Darry has the other bedroom to himself. The brothers have a morning rule: Whoever awakes first cooks breakfast, while the other two boys do the dishes. On Pony's first morning back after the fire, he wakes first and realizes that Soda must have removed his shirt before falling asleep with his own clothes on.

Asleep, he looked a lot younger than going-on-seventeen, but I had noticed that Johnny looked younger when he was asleep, too, so I figured everyone did. Maybe people are younger when they are asleep. 

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little-alice | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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After the troubles Pony has gone through becoming an orphan, Ponyboy has had bad nightmares. To help stop the nightmares, Sodapop (Pony's older brother) sleeps in the same bed as him. Darry gets the other room.

The story-time after the fire and especially after Johnny dies and Dally gets shot, Pony gets "sick" all he does is sleep, and he isn't really in this room, at one part he asks Soda: "Soda, is somebody sick?" When, he in-fact is that somebody.

Soda nods and says "Yeah, somebody is sick."

He wouldn't eat anything because "everything tasted like balogny." Which, Pony and Johnny ate while they were hiding, they had other food, just, that ran short. So, they lived off bologny.

Pony is a dreamer, and, dreamers (like Pony, John Lennon and me) like their sleep.

You may call me a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I'd which that you'd join us and be the world as one.

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