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  ___________________________A Separate Peace by John Knowles


 

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A Separate Peace

 

Comprehensive Summary and Review of Chapters 10 - 11

Chapter 10:

During Christmas break, Gene visits Leper at his home in Vermont and is surprised to find out that Leper has deserted. He says that the army was planning to give him a Section Eight discharge because of his emotional instability. His speech becomes more erratic and he begins to act in a peculiar manner. For no apparent reason, he begins to verbally attack Gene and accuse him of causing Finny to fall. Gene becomes furious at him and decides to leave.

 

Chapter 11:

When Gene returns to Devon, he is happy to again be with Finny whose leg seems to have improved and he is now using a walking cast. Gene also seems to feel that Finny has changed in other ways as well. He no longer talks about the Olympic Games or that the war doesn't exist.

One day Brinker approaches Gene and tells him that it would be in Finny's best interest if they would help him accept the reality of his physical disability. Brinker feels that by reliving the incident, Finny would be able to put the situation to rest.

Shortly thereafter, Brinker organizes a meeting in the Assembly Hall and invites Gene and Finny to attend. He has arranged an audience and a panel of judges and was planning an inquiry into the cause of Finny's fall. Finny is the first one to speak and he tells what he remembers about the incident. He also answers questions that the boys in the audience ask. The key question involves establishing Gene's whereabouts at the time Finny fell. Finny says that Gene was still at the bottom of the tree and Gene corroborates this statement although both indicate that they aren't certain.

The one person who could clear up the problem is Leper who was present at the time. Finny says that he saw Leper on campus a not much time elapses before Leper joins the scene. After questioning him, Leper says that he remembers seeing two people in the tree and that one of them shook the branch but he refuses to name the two people.

While Leper is speaking, Finny becomes very upset and rushes from the room. Leper's remarks are interrupted when the boys hear a thud and realize that Finny has fallen down the stairs.

 

Review:

An important issue that surfaces in these chapters involves Finny's denial of the events surrounding his accident. He refuses to believe that Gene caused him to fall from the tree. When Brinker begins to question Finny about that day, he runs from the room instead of acknowledging the truth.

Brinker again shows his vindictive personality by constantly pursuing the issue of the accident and even bringing Leper to participate. It is unclear what Brinker hopes to accomplish and why he stages the so called inquisition.

 

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