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Gene Nice or mean A Separate Peace by John Knowles may appear to be a simple little book at first glance However it is actually a fairly complex book with many interesting and versatile characters One of these characters Gene Forrester almost seems to have multiple personalities by the way he acts differently around different people He even acts differently towards the same people too and is constantly changing what he believes The main portion of the book deals with Genes relationship with his roommate Phineas It is especially in this relationship where you can see evidence of the multi-faceted personality of Gene Forrester They are friends but Gene is always trying to think of why Finny is his friend At one point he becomes convinced that Finny wants to sabotage him and he starts hating Finny I forgot whom I hated and whom hated me p 60 Then after Finny is hurt he changes his persona towards him and even becomes kind of protective of him Do you think you ought to get into fights like that After all theres your legp178 Later on he tries to keep him from emotional pain as well by trying to talk Brinker out of confronting him If hes that different with the same person imagine the possibility of how he relates with other people Gene seems at times to act with a certain mannerism or have a certain mood for anyone at any time For example when he got into an argument with a student he didnt like he said The next time you call someone maimedyou better make sure he is first p89 Yet later that same day when a teacher asks him about that fight he is very polite and courteous again No sir Im sorry sir I fell into the river p90 A different aspect altogether is when he talks to Leper a student that most people make fun of With Leper it
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