In chapter 7 of A Separate Peace, what does Gene mean when he refers to the appropriateness of being thrown into the Nagaumsett River on the first day of the session?

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There are two rivers in A Separate Peace , the Naguamsett and the Devon.  In Chapter 6, the Naguamsett River is described, in part, as "...ugly, saline, fringed with marsh, mud and seaweed.  A few miles away it was joined to the ocean, so that its movements were governed by unimaginable factors like the Gulf Stream, the Polar Ice Cap, and the moon."  The Devon River is quite the opposite.  "The Devon's course was determined by some familiar hills a little inland; it rose among highland farms and forests which we knew, passed at the end of its...

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