What are examples of Phineas being a true friend to Gene in A Separate Peace?  

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Though the balance of power in their friendship clearly favors Phineas, he does demonstrate true friendship towards Gene at several points early in the novel A Separate Peace if the reader agrees that true friendship is defined by trust, affection and honest communication.

Phineas, or Finny, trusts Gene with his breaking of the swimming record in Chapter 3, a feat of sportsmanship he does not want to share with others. This display of strength is not something Finny feels comfortable sharing; he asks Gene to keep it to himself showing his confidence in Gene as a friend.

Later in Chapter 3, Finny tells Gene they are best friends while they break the school...

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