What are some examples of betrayal of others in A Separate Peace by John Knowles?I have plenty of examples of betrayal of self, but only one of betrayal of others.

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I am sure that you have Gene's betrayal of Finny, but in a sense you could argue that Finny betrays Gene.  Finny knows that Gene deliberately jumped on the branch.  He uses that knowledge, not maniacally, but nonetheless he uses it to control Gene (by getting him to train for the Olympics, persuading him not to enlist, etc.).  A true friend would not use another person even if that person had harmed him first.

Most of Finny's friends (in addition to Gene) betray him. Brinker does even try to understand what Finny is going through with his injury and holds the cruel "trial" to bring attention to himself and to prove that he "knew all along" what had happened.

All of the boys betray Leper.  They use him as the butt of their jokes. They use him during the "trial," but no one seems sincerely concerned about Leper's poor mental condition.

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