Why does Ponyboy love the country so much in The Outsiders?

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In chapter 3, Ponyboy lays on his back and speaks to Johnny about the country. Ponyboy mentions that he wishes to get out of the big town and live in the country with his family. He tells Johnny that he is sick of all the excitement and the constant danger in the city. Ponyboy would prefer to live in peace and comfort in the country. In Ponyboy's mind, the country is a tranquil place to relax, enjoy nature, and read a book. He does not like the congested atmosphere of the big town and prefers the wide open spaces. In Pony's perfect scenario, Sodapop would have his horse, Mickey, and his parents would be alive. He then begins to daydream about how his father would work side by side with Darry, and Johnny would join their family.