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My legs hit the soft mud of the bottom, and immediately I was on the surface being congratulated. Devon is sometimes considered the most beautiful school in New England, and even on this dismal afternoon its power was asserted.

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Phineas Finny : Gene's best friend and roommate; an incorrigible, good natured, athletic, daredevil type. But it's only the fat old men who get the joke. Enhance Your Book Club 1. He wants to deserve the friendship. Assertions of homoerotic overtones[ edit ] Various parties have asserted that the novel implies homoeroticism between Gene and Finny, including those who endorse a queer reading of the novel, and those who condemn homosexuality as immoral. I had rarely seen anyone go into one of them, or anyone playing on a lawn, or even an open window. Betrayal begets more betrayal and Gene and Phineas both discover they are not who they perceive themselves to be. Because of his "accident", Finny learns that he will never again be able to compete in sports, which are most dear to him. With nothing to block it the wind flung wet gusts at me; at any other time I would have felt like a fool slogging through mud and rain, only to look at a tree. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. So it was logical to hope that since the buildings and the Deans and the curriculum could achieve this, I could achieve, perhaps unknowingly already had achieved, this growth and harmony myself. In , he is 16 and living at Devon with his best friend and roommate, Phineas nicknamed Finny.

The wind was blowing more steadily here, and I was beginning to feel cold. How does A Separate Peace illustrate this? Because, unfamiliar with the absence of fear and what that was like, I had not been able to identify its presence.

With nothing to block it the wind flung wet gusts at me; at any other time I would have felt like a fool slogging through mud and rain, only to look at a tree. You have a tendency to back away from things otherwise.

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I had more money and success and "security" than in the days when specters seemed to go up and down them with me. In , he is 16 and living at Devon with his best friend and roommate, Phineas nicknamed Finny. He then goes to the tree, which brings back memories of his time as a student at Devon. Its soaring black trunk was set with rough wooden pegs leading up to a substantial limb which extended farther toward the water. Some day the Dean would probably live entirely encased in a house of glass and be happy as a sandpiper. Unbelievable that there were other trees which looked like it here. The pegs didn't seem strong enough to hold his weight. Brinker's joking frightens and angers Gene, but his new friend's energy also inspires him. In the deep, tacit way in which feeling becomes stronger than thought, I had always felt that the Devon School came into existence the day I entered it, was vibrantly real while I was a student there, and then blinked out like a candle the day I left. So I didn't argue. After failing a math test because of a forbidden trip to the beach, Gene suspects that Finny is deliberately trying to sabotage his studying.

No Upper Middler, which was the name for our class in the Devon School, had ever tried. If so in this case, both characters are totally unaware of it.

Enhance Your Book Club 1. Gene, maybe because he is going to school with boys from New England who have the advantage of generations of proper schooling drilled into their DNA, feels the insecurity of his origins acutely and feels the pressure to apply himself to his studies.

We were in shaky transit that summer from the groveling status of Lower Middlers to the near-respectability of Upper Middlers. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles