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In A Separate Peace, why does Gene feel that Finny's funeral is his own?

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Gene does not cry at Phineas's funeral because he feels it is his own, and you don't, he says, cry at your own funeral. He experiences it as his own funeral because Finny felt like a part of himself: they were very close, and Gene believes he will never meet with his friend's generosity of spirit again. Phineas made Gene feel seen and understood as nobody else did.

For example, when Gene visits Phineas right before his surgery, he confesses that he purposely bounced the tree branch so his friend would fall. When he tries to explain it was the impulse of a moment, Finny understands what he is...

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