Suddenly it wasn't only a personal thing to me. I could picture hundreds and hundreds of boys living on the wrong sides of cities. […] Hundreds of boys who maybe watched sunsets and looked at stars and ached for something better. (12.65)
Pony's vision is one of both connection and isolation. He feels strongly tied to all of these boys and wants to help free them from their isolation. With this desire, he begins to rejoin the word.