A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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Why is it significant that Finny excel at sports and Gene in academics?

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At times through the course of A Separate Peace, Gene is completely content to be Finny's best friend and to follow wherever Finny leads; at other times, Gene feels insecure and competitive about the relationship. The difference in areas of ability between the two boys becomes the background for the conflict that shapes the story.

Finny is a naturally superior athlete - he doesn't need to work at being graceful or fast or strong or any of the...

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