A Separate Peace; Chapter Summaries



Chapter 1: The narrator (Gene) returns to the Devon School in New Hampshire,
that he graduated from 15 years earlier. He goes to a certain tree and
switches back to the past. Phineas dares everyone to jump from a branch in
the tree into the river. Phineas, and Gene both jump. On the way back
Phineas and Gene play fight so that they are late for dinner.

Chapter 2:Mr. Prud'homme, a master, stops by the boys' room to scold them
for missing dinner again for the ninth time in two weeks. Phineas explains
that they were late because they were jumping out of the tree to toughen up
for the war. Mr Prud'homme, accepts the explanation because, he, and
everyone else, feel sorry for the boys that ...

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the beach, and Phineas tells Gene he is
his best pal. Gene is not sure if he feels the same.

Chapter 4: Gene and Finny (Phineas) wake up and head back to Devon. Gene
fails his trigonometry examination for the first time. Finny tells Gene
that he studies too much. Gene thinks Finny is jealous. Gene wants to earn
the Scholastic Achievement Citation to get even with Finny. Gene knows that
Finny must be best and that he cannot be best if Gene becomes even with him
through his studies. Gene decides that he and Finny are locked in a
complete enmity rather than friendship. Finny announces Leper's intention
to jump from the tree and coazes Gene away from his studies. Gene and Finny
are going to jump together, Finny falls to the ground, then Gene jumps into
the river.

Chapter 5: Finny has a shattered leg. Gene bears private guilt. He puts on
Finny's clothes and the sensation excites him. Dr. Stanpole, the school
physician, informs Gene that Finny wants to see him. Finny recalls the ...

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that war is boring, and Devon
continues in peace. Many of the Devon boys volunteer to shovel snow out of
the railroad tracks. Brinker announces that he is enlisting. Gene thinks
about enlisting as well, but his thoughts are put on hold, when he returns
and find Phineas waiting for him.

Chapter 8:Gene explains to Finny that there are no maids because of the war.
Finny has a quiet vision of peace. Finny begins to coach Gene in
preperation for the 1944 Olympics. Finny is convinced that there really is
no war at all. He thinks a bunch of fat men fabricated the whole idea of a
war. Gene tries to forget about the war and concentrate on the Olympics. Mr.
Ludsbury exlpains that all exercise is ...

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