In "A Separate Peace," who is the first boy at Devon school to enlist in the war?

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In a rather unexpected move, it is Leper that enlists in the war first.  Leper, enchanted by the war films about the "ski rescue troops," enlisted in the army, with hopes and dreams about skiing throughout Europe, enjoying the scenery and slopes, all in the glorious pursuit of rescuing lost souls from the war.  Leper, the nerdy kid who loves science and nature, watching beavers and being alone, seems like the last person cut out to fight in a war and fight against other people, but he is the one that is the first to join, enthusiastically.

As time will tell, Leper is indeed not cut out for the rigors of war.  His time in the army is not filled with peaceful journeys throughout winter wonderlands; basic training is hard, difficult, frightening and strenuous.  As with many young men who join up in the war effort with rather naive ideas about the time they will spend there, Leper realized that reality was much different than his expectations.  I hope that those thoughts help a bit; good luck!

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