As Gene so eloquently explains in the final chapter of A Separate Peace , everyone feels enmity toward someone or something else. Matters escalate when he realizes that, not only is Finny a more charismatic, athletic, and likable boy, he's also a better person: he doesn't feel any resentment towards Gene. And don't forget the tree incident itself — a devastating, warlike perversion of what was once purely good, tree-jumping sport. Sports, Games, and the War A Separate Peace spends a lot of time talking about the war, and as much time talking about sports. No better example exists than Leper's obsession with skiing. Conclusion Chapter Thirteen Gene's musings in Chapter Thirteen draw the purse-strings neatly on the novel.
Alayah. Age: 32.
Gene Forrester tells his own story in retrospect while visiting Devon as an adult.
Aurora. Age: 27.
A Separate Peace Analysis
Denouement Finny falls down the stairs; people stop pestering Gene; Finny dies When Finny tells Brinker off and leaves the Assembly Hall, the novel's big suspense scene is over. In between is all the desolation of the Winter session, including Leper's enlistment and subsequent madness, Brinker's railing on Gene and his fall from the grace of academic leadership roles to the part of rebel, and Finny's relegation to cripple status. As Betsy's friend, you're supposed to fight her battles with her, but you form a "separate peace" with Chelsea so that you can remain a bruise-free spectator. The ever-optimistic Phineas believes that, having suffered a break in their relationship betrayal, suspicion, confession , the boys have patched things up forgiveness and their friendship is now stronger than ever.