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multiple times in the book, something big happens at the tree (the one that the boys jump out of). This is connected to the Adam and Eve story. Gene is persuaded into jumping out of the tree by Finny, and does this even though he feels as though it is wrong, to feel equal and not feel lesser than Finny. Gene succumbs to many things he regrets throught A Separate Peace, all in the shadow of the story from the Old Testament (from the Hebrew and Catholic Bible).
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