A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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In A Separate Peace, what relationships change, and how?

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The most important changed relationship in the novel is that between Gene, the novel's narrator, and his best friend, Phineas.

As the novel opens, Gene is delighted to be chosen as the popular, handsome, and charismatic Finny's closest friend during the freedom of the summer term. They do everything together. But then, the competitive Gene becomes suspicious that Finny is trying to undermine him academically. Gene is the smartest student in their class, with the best grades, while Finny is the star athlete. Gene becomes convinced that all the outings Finny plans for them are not innocent but are rather a way...

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