In addition to establishing the "momentary, illusory, special and separate peace" for the boys with the Winter Carnival, Phineas, for the first time since his accident, becomes active again and generates his influence upon Gene because of
his own inner joy at life for a moment as it should be, as it was meant to be in his nature, Phineas recaptured that magic gift for existing primarily in space, one foot conceding briefly to gravity its rights before spinning him off again into the air. It was his wildest demonstration of himself, of himself in the kind of world he loved; it was his choreography of peace.
Finny generates his own peace and creates an atmosphere that supports his contention that there is "no dreary weather" even though the winter has, as Gene describes it,
conquered, overrrun, and destroyed everything...all the juices are dead, every sprig of vitality snapped...
Phineas is able to transcend reality and draw others away from it, too. Gene narrates,
He drew me increasingly away from the Butt Room crowd...into a world inhabited by just himself and me, where there was no war at all, Just Phineas and me alone among all the people of the world....
In the words of Gene, "Phineas has an exuberance which intoxicates the others."