The War from Within Brennan filney
The beach that Gene and Finny hung out with
"It was a courageous thing to say. Exposing a sincere emotion nakedly like that at the Devon school was the next thing to suicide. I should have told him then that he was my best friend also and rounded off what he had said. I started to; I nearly did. But something held me back. Perhaps I was stopped by that level of feeling, deeper than thought, which contains the truth," (Knowles, 48).
Gene and Finny's "rivalry" was created and destroyed in this chapter. This rivalry will lead to important events in the future.
“Then a second realization broke out as clearly and bleakly as dawn at the beach. Finny had deliberately set out to wreck my studies. That explained blitzball, that explained the nightly meetings of the Super Suicide Society, that explained his insistence that I share all his diversions. The way I believed that you're-my-best-friend blabber!” (Knowles 53)
Autumn and its gloominess it brought to Devon. Gene becomes very sad, reflecting the season.
"Still it had come to an end, in the last long rays of daylight at the tree, when Phineas fell. It was forced on me as I sat chilled through the chapel service, that this probably vindicated the rules of Devon after all, wintery Devon. If you broke the rules, then they broke you," (Knowles, 74).
The boys in Devon went out to shovel snow out of train tracks.
"The war would be deadly all right. But I was used to finding something deadly in things that attracted me; there was always something deadly lurking in anything I wanted, anything I loved. And if it wasn't there, as for example with Phineas, then I put it there myself, " (Knowles, 101).
Gene and Finny become determined to make it to the Olympics. Training creates a separate peace for them.
"What I mean is, I love winter, and when you really love something, then it loves you back, in whatever way it has to love." I didn't think that this was true, … but it was like every other thought and belief of Finny's: it should have been true. So I didn't argue," (Knowles, 111).
The Winter Carnival created a separate peace for everyone to enjoy.
"It wasn't the cider which made me surpass myself, it was this liberation we had torn fro, the gray encroachments of 1943, the escape we had concocted, this afternoon of momentary, illusory, special and separate peace," (Knowles 137).
The Infirmary that Finny was being operated in. This place is important because this is where Finny will die.
"My aid alone had never seemed to him in the category of help. The reason for this occurred to me as the procession moved slowly across the brilliant foyer to the doors; Phineas had thought of me as an extension of himself," (Knowles. 180).