In A Separate Peace, Leper concludes only people who've been "evolving" the right way survive war, a test. How does this apply to Gene and Leper?

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In A Separate Peace, Leper is academically sound, but he is also a socially awkward introvert. Gene, on the other hand, is socially adept as well as an academic achiever. Neither boy is perfect, but each maintains his niche in a private boarding school for boys in early 1940s America. Leper is the boy that wanders off on his own to explore nature, catch butterflies, and examine snails. On the other hand, Gene has a competitive edge and seeks approval socially and academically. When Leper suggests that succeeding in life's test depends on proper evolution, he's referring to what he has studied in nature and at school: only the strong survive. In the case for humans facing war, one would need to be strong in many categories: mental, physical, emotional, and so on. When Gene goes to visit Leper, he describes his friend as follows:

Leper had the kind of fragile fair skin given to high, unhealthy coloring. He was all color, painted at random, but none of it highlighted his grief. Instead of...

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