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Leper In the book A Separate Peace there are many characters which are talked about and play a role in the story The main characters Gene and Finny short for Phineas are what drive the whole story and are the center of the many themes and meanings derived from this book Elwin Lepellier also known as Leper-Lepellier is not as visible as Gene and Finny but plays a role that is essential to the story Leper was one of those people who keep to themselves all the time and arent looking to be recognized He didnt really talk to anyone although he spoke to Gene Leper was always off looking for beaver dams or snails to photograph or off skiing and admiring nature He only shows up a couple of times during the story but seems to have importance when he does show up In the January of the winter session Leper surprises everyone by enlisting in the United States ski troops Leper was only a few weeks away from being eighteen In the Butt Room Brinker brought in newspapers with headlines about the war and made jokes about Lepers success in the army Leper sprang up all over the world at the core of every allied success 118 In the words of Gene In the 2 silences between jokes about Lepers glories we wondered whether we ourselves would measure up to the humblest minimum of the army Later on Finny stopped going to the Butt Room since he thought that If someone gave Leper a loaded gun and put it at Hitlers Temple hed miss 119 Finny also drew Gene away from Brinker and his crowd and they focused on training for the Olympics in their own world When Finny tells Gene to come with him to Lepers tree jump initiation Gene thinks that Finny is trying to ruin his studies because he thinks that Leper
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