happened did he cause the accident or not? He "shatters" his leg, which means sports are finished for this grand athlete, forever. A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Gene is back at school while Finny recuperates at his parent's house, knowing that he will never play sports again. Up in the tree, as Finny ventures out on the limb ahead of his roommate, Gene "jounces the branch." Finny falls, rather than leaping forward, and thus lands on the hard ground instead of in the water. Typically, a position like this would go to a disabled student or one who otherwise could not perform athletically.
Gene stops to visit him and confesses. Finny doesn't believe Gene and doesn't want to think about.
As the term goes forward, Gene sets himself to atone for his action against Finny by staying out of sports. Is he trying to punish himself? When the boys all come back to Devon for the regular school year in September, Finny is still at home healing. Traditions Are Broken, in first chapel of the Fall semester at Devon School, Gene learns that the maid service will no longer be provided, yet another by-product of the war. In contrast to Genes moderation in all things, Phineas, his Bostonian roommate, known to all as Finny, is possessed of a uniquely free spirit. In their few moments together on the morning before his death, Gene and Finny at last find peace: Gene in the humbling self-acceptance of the potential for savagery within everyone, and Finny in an understanding and acceptance of such human frailty possible even within. Finny then leaves school to recuperate from his injury, and shortly after the Summer Session ends. Though they would not likely consider it as such, these boys are already engaged in a battle in the quiet halls of Devon. In winter, rules are followed and enforced. On the day that Gene experiences his epiphany about Finny's good character, Finny proposes that they make a double jump, both boys leaping out of the tree and into the river together. Run-In with the Dorm Master. Unlock Content, over 70,000 lessons in all major subjects.