In The Outsiders, Ponyboy expresses great interest in living in the country. To Ponyboy, living in the country is an escapist fantasy to get away from the depressing and violent life that he lives in the city. The country symbolizes something pure and untouched by the cruel world of the city and its gangs.
When Ponyboy discusses his love of the country he also expresses a desire for his parents to still be alive and for Darry to lose his cold appearance. These two details of Ponyboy's country fantasy creates an almost heavenly portrayal of the country. There, Ponyboy believes, there will be no violence, only safety and love. He would have a dog and a pony, and he would read peacefully underneath a tree.
Ultimately, Ponyboy dreams of the country because he is afraid of the world he currently lives in. With parents who have passed away and a brother who is hardened by the streets, Ponyboy has little left to do other than fantasize about a better, more wholesome life.