In which scenes does Gene reveal his virtuous side when dealing with friends?

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-After the summer term has ended, Gene goes to visit Finny who is recuperating at his parents' home.  I think that Gene would have gone to see Finny even if he hadn't have caused Finny's injury.  Undoubtedly, Gene is motivated mostly by guilt, but he also cares about Finny not being able to do what he's used to doing.

-In that same chapter, Gene tells Finny the truth about jouncing on the branch.  This is a virtue, because Gene does not have to tell the truth, but he feels burdened to do so.  Obviously, Finny does not outwardly accept the truth at that point, but Gene does act morally in admitting his guilt.

-Gene's virtue as a friend is revealed the most at the novel's end. He is touched when he discovers that Finny has wanted to be involved in the war effort so much that he wrote numerous countries about enlisting in their armed forces.

-He visits Finny before his surgery and finally makes peace with him which allows Finny to make peace with himself and his injury.

-After Finny's death, Gene and Brinker seem to finally have a true friendship, realizing that both of them experienced an event that will change them forever, and Gene even seems to understand Brinker's situation when Brinker's father keeps pressuring him about the military.

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