At the beginning of chapter 6 in Knowles' A Separate Peace, Gene contrasts the school's first summer session with the beginning of the 163rd winter session. He first points out that "Peace had deserted Devon" (72). The leaves were just starting to change, but most of the regular teachers were back to work and the opening meeting reviewed the rules that must be followed with exactness. The summer session saw students interacting on a more casual level with the instructors, the boys got away with pranks and jokes, and now it was time to button up jackets, clean rooms and get back to business. Gene reflects that "Continuity was the keynote" (73) as the same hymns were sung and the traditions of the pre-ivy league school were back on track. "Devon had slipped through their fingers during the warm over-looked months" (73).