In Chapter 12, Ponyboy, Two-Bit, and Steve are hanging outside a neighborhood grocery store when a car with three Socs inside rolls up. One of the Socs gets out, recognizes Ponyboy, and says to him,
"You're the guy that killed Bob Sheldon.... And he was a friend of ours. We don't like nobody killing our friends, especially greasers" (Hinton 145).
Ponyboy is numb and casually breaks off the bottom of a glass bottle. He then threatens the Socs, and they immediately get in their car to drive away. Two-Bit is surprised at Ponyboy's bravado. Two-Bit then shows concern for Pony and tells him not to get tough because he's not like the rest of the gang. Ponyboy then begins to pick up the glass from the broken bottle, and Two-Bit realizes that Ponyboy has not permanently changed. Pony's simple gesture of picking up the broken glass indicates that he is still a sensitive individual. Two-Bit is relieved to see that Pony has not turned into a callous person and is acting like himself again.