A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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From A Separate Peace by John Knowles, please describe the relationship between Phineas and Gene.  

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Phineas and Gene are roommates and friends at a preparatory school called Devon School in 1942--nothing more, nothing less. The book starts with Gene visiting the school 15 years after graduation during the summer semester before their senior year and he is reflecting on their friendship and life at school while World War II raged on around the world. During high school, Gene admired Finny's athleticism, charisma, and ability to get everyone involved in his games or ideas--but he also felt resentment and jealousy at times. Finny, on the other hand, seems to be a great friend who does not share any of Gene's feelings of competition or resentment. In fact, Finny is open with his feelings about his friendship with Gene on the beach one summer day as shown in the following passage:

"I hope you're having a pretty good time...

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