A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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What is a quote that shows that Gene Forrester is intelligent and another that shows he is insecure in A Separate Peace? Please include page numbers and an explanation of why the quote shows that Gene...

What is a quote that shows that Gene Forrester is intelligent and another that shows he is insecure in A Separate Peace?

Please include page numbers and an explanation of why the quote shows that Gene is intelligent or insecure. THANKS!!!!

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Gene Forrester's envy of Phineas is, of course, born of insecurity, and his observations of Finny are redolent with this insecurity.  For instance, in Chapter 2 when Finny wears a pullover roadcloth shirt in pink to class, and not one of the instructors said anything about it during classes, Gene remarks in his unsureness of himself:

I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything....because of the extraordinary kind of person he was.  It was quite a compliment to me, as a matter of fact, to have such a person choose me for his best friend.

As Finny recalls the conversation he has had with Mr. Patch-Withers, Gene replies sarcastically, admitting to his insecurity: 

As I said, this ws my sarcastic summer.  It was only long after tht I recognized sarcasm as the protest of people who are weak.

In Chapter 3 Gene further admits that

I was subject to the dictates of my mind, which gave me the maneuverability of a straitjacket.

Later, when Finny breaks the school swimming...

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