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In A Separate Peace by John Knowels the value of dealing with your feelings and dealing with your enemies is shown by Gene Forester a student in Devon during World War 2 dealing with few human enemies but his emotions create a circumstance far greater than any human enemy I never killed anybody Gene had commented later in his adulthood And I never developed an intense level of hatred for the enemyGene had put many enemies into his own life Gene had a best friend his name was Finny they were roommates and did many activities together Finny was never the source but the core of most of Genes feelings both good and bad First one of the biggest problems that Gene had that is jealousy Gene was jealous of Finnys confidency openness modesty superb athletic abilities his natural leadership skills his ability to deal with stress easily his care free attitude his people skills and of course his good looksEarly in the story Finny demonstrated his openness by when asked for his height he said 5 foot 8 inches while Gene replies 5 foot 9 inches Finny pointed out that they were the same height and you shouldnt be ashamed to tell anybody your real height Later that day they skip dinner to go swimming in the river by Finnys choice and are asked where they were on return Finny quickly replied that they were swimming in the river something that is forbidden right down to the last detail and they got away with it Gene said that the rules are very bent during the summer session but it was actually Finnys people skills that had kept them out of trouble Finny was very bold as Gene many a time wished he was on one occasion Finny wore a bright pink shirt symbolizing the first US bombing in Europe Gene called him a faerie but really envied him Later Finny wore the school tie
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