In John Knowles' "A Separate Peace", what are some direct quotations that are examples of foreshadowing in chapter 2? 

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There are several examples of foreshadowing in Chapter 2, most of them having to do with Gene’s eventual resentment of Finny.  The first example occurs when Finny wears the pink shirt to class.  Gene is sure he is never going to get away with it, but Finny charms his way out of trouble.  Gene says: “I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything. I couldn’t help envying him that a little, which was perfectly normal. There was no harm in envying even your best friend a little.” This is our first clue that Gene has a little resentment towards Finny.

Another example occurs when Finny wears the school tie as a belt to the Headmaster’s tea.  Although Mr. Patch-Withers is shocked at first, by the end he is completely charmed.  Gene, who has been anticipating Finny will get in trouble, is disappointed. “He had gotten away with everything. I felt a sudden stab of disappointment. That was because I just wanted to see some more excitement; that must have been it.”

The “Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session,” is, of course, foreshadowing of death.  The fact that Finny has the idea and founds it is also no accident, as Finny is the one who eventually dies.

Finally, at the end of the chapter when the boys are standing on the limb, Gene turns to say something to Finny and nearly falls.  “There was a moment of total, impersonal panic, and then Finny’s hand shot out and grabbed my arm, and with my balance restored, the panic immediately disappeared.”  This is, of course, foreshadowing of Finny’s eventual fall from the tree.

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