How does Knowles make the trial scene in chapter 11 a dramatic moment in the novel A Separate Peace?

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The trial scene is made dramatic first by the setting. Brinker whisks Gene and Finny out of their dorm room at 10:05 p.m. and takes them, mysteriously, to the darkened Assembly room in the First Building. Gene doesn't know what is going on, thinking, as he looks at the ten assembled students in their black graduation robes,

This is going to be some kind of schoolboy masquerade, I thought, some masquerade with masks and candles.

However, Gene's sense of foreboding also drives the sense of drama. The Assembly Room is a place of authority and danger:

Whatever Brinker had in his mind to...

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