A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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At what time of year does Gene return to Devon to visit? What atmosphere or mood is created by setting the story during this season? What do Gene's descriptions of the season suggest about his state...

At what time of year does Gene return to Devon to visit? What atmosphere or mood is created by setting the story during this season? What do Gene's descriptions of the season suggest about his state of mind?

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Gene returns to Devon in the fall fifteen years after he graduated. Autumn usually signifies age, or the process of aging, which also connects to the time since he's been at the school. As people generally do when they have aged, Gene reminisces about his teenage years, the people he knew and the things he did or accomplished.

Gene says that the weather is "raw" and the day is "the kind of wet, self-pitying November day when every speck of dirt stands out clearly. . . but this day it blew wet, moody gusts all around me"...

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