During an altercation with the Socs, Johnny accidentally stabbed and killed Bob. Bob, Randy, and three other Socs almost drowned Ponyboy, forcing Johnny to use his switchblade in self-defense. After the unfortunate turn of events, Johnny and Ponyboy were forced to go into hiding. Dally directed them to take a train to the countryside and asked them to hide in an old church on Jay mountain.
At the hideout, Johnny got Ponyboy a paperback copy of Gone with the Wind and hoped it would keep them busy. The boys killed time by reading the book and playing poker. Ponyboy was surprised that Johnny liked the book despite not knowing much about the setting of the story. Pony added that Johnny was also impressed by the courage expressed by the Southern gentlemen when they were riding to their deaths. In Johnny's opinion, the part reminded him of Dally.
"I bet they were cool ol' guys," he said, his eyes glowing, after I had read the part about them riding into sure death because they were gallant. "They remind me of Dally."
In "The Outsiders," chapter five, Ponyboy and Johnny Cade have run away to Jay Mountain after accidentally Bob. While they are "hiding out" Johnny asks Ponyboy to read out loud from "Gone With The Wind." Johnny's favorite part of the novel involves the Southern Gentlemen. He thinks they are very "gallant." He says he especially enjoys the part where they prepare to ride off to war, facing certain death. Johnny thinks that these guys really remind him of Dally. He considers Dally to be gallant.
In Gone With the Wind Johnny's favorite part waz about the Southern Gentleman being gallant..he sayz it remindz him of Dally and Ponyboy sayz that Dally haz no more mannerz then he doz and that Soda iz more lyk the Southern Gentleman...Johnny sayz ya in the lookz and charm but once he saw Dally gettin arrested 4 something that Two-Bit did and Dally new Two-Bit did it but still went 2 jail 4 him and Johnny sed that waz gallant and Pony started understanding Johnny's 'hero-worshiping' of Johnny