Chapters 38-40 Summary

Eugene returns to school following Ben’s death, and three weeks later the war ends. Eugene feels cheated out of a chance to participate in what will be the greatest adventure of his generation. He drives around the countryside; he is slowly getting over his grief over the loss of his brother, Ben. He feels he has become a great man on campus until he overhears some of the other boys talking about him and saying he stinks because he does not bathe. He is struck by this perception of himself and feels an increasing loneliness and separation from the other students. He develops a sore on the back of his neck; no matter what he does it will not go away. He grows his hair long to cover it. Soon Eugene begins to feel a joy in his...

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