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Finny How Things Change In the novel A Separate Peace by John Knowles a boy named Gene visits his high school 15 years after graduating in order to find an inner peace While attending the private boys school during the second World War Genes best friend Phineas died and Gene knows he was partially responsible Phineas or Finny as he was sometimes called was the most popular boy in school He was a handsome taunting daredevil athlete Gene on the other hand was a lonely self-sufficient intellectual Somehow the two became good friends or so Finny thought Gene unfortunately was bitten by the green-eyed monster of jealousy Gene just couldnt come to grips with the idea that a person of Finnys stature would want to be his friend Genes envy grew to a point where he was willing to severely injure Finny for being too perfect Unfortunately for Finny Gene succeeded Finnys seeming perfection his strong beliefs and his ability to forgive trace his development throughout the novel Finnys seeming perfection was the basis for Genes resentment towards him Gene thought that everything Finny did was perfect which just upset Gene all the more Finny was so perfect that he didnt care what others thought like when Finny wore a pink shirt as an emblem after the bombing of central Europe Pink It makes you look like a fairy Does it He used this preoccupied tone when he was thinking of something more interesting than what you had said One time Finny and Gene were at the swimming pool when Finny noticed that a boy named A Hopkins Parker had the record for the 100 yards free style When Finny realized that A Hopkins Parker had graduated before they came he remarked I have a feeling I can swim faster than A Hopkins Parker He was right Gene was ecstatic that Finny could do such a thing without any training or anything
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