Throughout the novel, Ponyboy expresses his admiration for his older brother Sodapop. Pony describes Sodapop as being happy-go-lucky, handsome, and understanding. Pony even mentions that he loves Sodapop more than anyone he's ever loved before. In Chapter 2, Pony is having a conversation with Cherry and she asks him if Sodapop works at the gasoline station. When Pony tells her that Soda works there, she smiles and calls him a "doll." Cherry then asks Ponyboy why she never sees Soda at school. Cherry's question forces Ponyboy to tell her that his brother is a dropout. Ponyboy mentions that he hates calling Sodapop a dropout. The term dropout makes Ponyboy think of a "dumb-looking hoodlum" which doesn't fit Sodapop's persona. Even though it bothers Ponyboy that Sodapop is a dropout, he still admires his brother for other reasons. Ponyboy does not view Sodapop as being an unintelligent loser, but sees Soda as a fun, attractive, compassionate person.