"I couldn't tell Dally I hated to shoot things. He'd think I was soft." (chapter 6)
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This quote infers that Ponyboy doesn't want to admit to Dally that he doesn't like to kill animals because Dally would think him sentimental or wimpy.
"Yeah," I said. "Darry always got the most ducks, though. Him and Dad. Soda and I goofed around too much, scared most of our game away." I couldn't tell Dally that I hated to shoot things. He'd think I was soft.