Gene feels that there is a contrast between Brinker Hadley, who arrives for the serious winter season, and Finny, his friend during what he calls "the gypsy days" (page 75). Brinker is described as "the standard preparatory school article in his grey gabardine suit with square, hand-sewn-looking jacket pockets, a conservative necktie, and dark brown cordovan shoes" (page 87). Brinker is the center of the class and, unlike Finny, is concerned with politics and school offices. He seems to represent the seriousness and studiousness required of the winter session at school, unlike Finny, the leader during the school's summer session, who was playful and daring. The absence of Finny and the return of Brinker, who immediately accuses Gene of trying to get rid of Finny, symbolizes the end of the more fun summer session and the return of the usual grind and seriousness during the winter.