Chapter 1 - Dog Days of Summer
This scene represents when the boys jumped off the scene tree into the water and a bond was formed.
Quote "It's you, pal," Finny said to me at last, "just you and me." He and I started back across the fields, preceding the others like two seigneurs. We were the best of friends at that moment” (Knowles 11).
Diary - It was my first day back at the Devon school in fifteen years. As I walked around campus everything looked the same way it did when I was here last. It brought back a lot of memories and how I feared all of the fighting going on in WW2. I ruined my shoes today walking past the gym in the dirt from the playing fields. As I came to the river I searched for a tree not just any tree but a specific tree. I didn't really have any luck finding it, all of the trees looked the same. I knew what it would look like and the number of scratches it would have on it but I just couldn't find it. I remember back when I was about sixteen standing right by that exact tree. I was there with Finny, Phineas, Elwin, Chet, and Bobby, and it was such a great day. I remember specifically when Finny dared us to jump off of the branch on the tree into the river. I remember how Finny was also the first to jump off of the tree, the look on everyone's face when he actually did it was very funny.
Chapter 2 - Finny's World
Finny wears a pink shirt that would normally get him made fun of, but he talks out of it like everything else.
Quote - "I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything. I couldn't help envying him that a little, which was perfectly normal. There was no harm in envying even your best friend a little” (Knowles 20).
Diary - I remember the day that Finny and I got in trouble for missing dinner. And I also remember how much Finny talked and got us out of the punishment. The next day after the first allied bombing I remember Finny wearing a bright pink shirt as a celebration, which was really weird. Finny also decided to wear the school tie as a belt which Mrs.Patch-Withers was not too happy about and Mr.Patch-Withers was not too happy either. And once again Finny got out of the punishment again by talking his way out of it. Finny not getting in trouble made me very mad but I was able to put my anger away. As we left the party Finny suggested that we go to the tree and jump off, so we went down there and we jumped off of the tree swam in the river and had a lot of fun.
Chapter 3 - When The True Athletes Rise
Finny creates a new game called Blitzball, allowing him to excel in the game with his athletic talent.
Quote - "In such a nonstop game he also had the natural advantage of a flow of energy which I never saw interrupted. I never saw him tired, never really winded, never overcharged and never restless. At dawn, all day long, and at midnight, Phineas always had a steady and formidable flow of usable energy” (Knowles 37).
Diary - Today, Finny saved my life, but he also put my life in danger. Finny doesn't understand that if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have been up in that stupid tree. So why should I feel that he saved my life? Also Finny got 6 people to join the super suicide society, also he made this stupid rule that before every meeting we start by jumping out of the tree, I hate that idea! The next day while playing badminton Finny comes up with a new and fun game called blitzball. Immediately everyone started loving blitzball it became a big hit for all of us. On another day we went down to the pool and I told me he was gonna try to break a swimming record, and on his first attempt he broke it, and for some reason he wouldn't do it in public and he begged me not to tell anyone.
Chapter 4 - The Rivalry is Brewing
Gene and Finny both kind of have a rivalry for each other. Gene is trying to be the best in school academically, while Finny is trying to be the best around athletically.
Quote - "I felt better. Yes, I sensed it like the sweat of relief when nausea passes away; I felt better. We were even after all, even in enmity. The deadly rivalry was on both sides after all" (Knowles 42).
Diary - I'm back in Devon now, Finny and I spent all last night and a little bit of this morning at the beach. We had to come back immediately because I had a trigonometry test I had to take. I feel like there might be some type of rivalry going on, because Finny didn't want me to take the test. It's like he doesn't really care about school or academics, it's only athletics. Word has come out that I failed the trigonometry test, which really stinks since I really hustled home all the way from the beach. I think I'm gonna start studying harder and become the top rank in the class. Finny doesn't really understand why, but I'm not gonna him be any type of distraction. As I was studying, Finny came and got me and peer pressured me to jumping off the tree. I really think he's trying to get into my head, but this just means I have to study even harder.
Chapter 5 - The Fall That Changed Everything
Finny fell alongside the river onto the bank from the tree, shattering his leg, which won't let him play sports ever again. This really ignited the feeling for Gene that he was jealous of Finny.
Quote - "It struck me then that I was injuring him again. It occurred to me that this could be an even deeper injury than what I had done before. I would have to back out of it, I would have to disown it" (Knowles 49).
Diary - There was an unfortunate event that happened the other day. I don't remember too much of what happened, all I remember was seeing the tree limb shake, and then me falling. I remember I looked over at Gene but he couldn't really do anything. I'm currently in the hospital, waiting for an evaluation. I've heard a few rumor that it is shattered, which means I could never play sports again. That would be the worst possible case for me, because all I like to do is play sports. If this is the case, I'll just have Gene play all my sports for me. Gene actually came in today and he talked about me falling his fault. Can you imagine that?? That's crazy. I don't think either he or I would ever do anything close to that, it was just an accident. I think we both understand that.
Chapter 6 - The Fight
This picture helps illustrate Gene and Quackenbush getting into a fight based on what Quackenbush was saying to Gene, including calling him maimed.
Quote - "I hit him hard across the face. I didn't know why for an instant; it was almost as though I were maimed. Then the realization that there was someone who was flashed over me" (Knowles 58).
Diary - Today at SSSSS, Quackenbush was really getting on my nerves. He was calling me a bunch of names and teasing me and I didn't really care too much. Then, he callled me maimed and that really pissed me off. I punched him right in the face to shut him up a little bit. Part of me thinks I did that for Finny, all the good and bad times we have had together. I don't know how someone like me could associate with someone like Finny. I understand we hang out a lot, but we have several differences that are all very easily seen. I am more strict and follow the rules in school, get good grades in school, while Finny is much more loose and devotes all of his time athletically into sports. I stopped by Finny's house to tell him about what happened with Quackenbush and I. He was happy to hear that and very proud, which made me feel really good about myself. I feel like I did it for Finny, but it feels really good for me to do that.
Chapter 7 - War Ramping Up
The war is beginning to hit Devon more whole heartedly, forcing some of the boys to dig some train tracks. Gene even begins to think about enlisting.
Quote - "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 67).
Diary - I talked to Brinker Handley as he stopped over. He was joking about Finny not being there, and I jokingly went along with it. Secretly, I might have still felt a little guilty. I still think about that event on a daily basis, what else could I have done? Was it really my fault? What would Finny be doing right now if I didn't do that to him? I still have a really hard time saying outloud that I actually did it. There were a few boys like Quackenbush, Chet Douglous and Brinker and I, who had to help dig train tracks in preparation for the war. I was sad that Leper still wasn't there, as he was still going on his own expedition in the woods. When we finished doing our duties, it made me feel good and patriotic, I wish I could help more for our country. Binker told me that he is going to enlist in the war and I've never been so happy to hear this in my life! I think I'm going to enlist as well, I feel like I could help a little bit, or at least do anything I could do to help. I think Finny would love this and be really proud of me.
Chapter 8 - The Training Begins
Due to Finny's injury, Finny is going to train Gene to compete in the '44 Olympics. As Gene continues to train hard, he shows signs of being an athlete, finally hitting his stride.
Quote - "You've been pretty lazy all along, haven't you? Yes, I guess I have been. You didn't even know anything about yourself. I don't guess I did, in a way" (Knowles 112).
Diary - It was a really nice day, the only bad part was funny was making fun of my clothes that I was wearing. I responded back with a flare and ginny got extremely mad at me. Finny asked me if I was ready to enlist into the army and he made a couple of jokes at me. I realized that by funny talking to me about this that he didn't really want me to leave and I didn't know what to think. That day as we made our way to class I really wanted to skip class just so finny could get a really good look at the school after his long absence. We made our way across the field to the gym and I was scared that finny would see his trophies and start to be mad at himself and me again. Finny starts to ask me what teams I was on but I told him that I hadn't tried out for any teams and he had a funny look on his face right when I told him that. After I said that finny went on for a good 10 minutes how there is no war going on and the importance of playing sports. The last thing that happened before I went home was my tutor was very impressed by my improvement and I had a great night.
Chapter 9 - Let the Games Begin
This picture resembles what could've been the scene as the boys make a winter carnival since they're bored on a Saturday afternoon. All of the boys have fun, getting their minds off of the war.
Quote - "It wasn't the cider which made me surpass myself, it was this liberation we had torn from the gray encroachments of 1943, the escape we had concocted, this afternoon of momentary, illusory, and separate peace" (Knowles 128).
Diary - On this day I felt very proud about myself and all of the training I have been doing, and finny and I were very still confused on the stand of the war. Leper actually enlists which everyone thought was amazing and so did I. Later that day Brinker starts to making jokes about Leper and how he must be behind the allied victory. The were completely taking over the butt room and everyone was bursting into tears as they laughed very hardly at Brinkers jokes. The next day I saw finny staging a winter carnival. And Brinker was the one organizing it all as he brought all of the equipment over the the carnival. The boys arranged a ski jump, and a lot of prizes so the little kids and everyone else could have a lot of fun which was nice. As the carnival started finny got up on the table and began to laugh and dance on his good leg, it actually looked like he was having fun. The night turned out great and later that night I dreamt about all of the fun we had tonight.
Chapter 10 - Vivid Memories
This picture illustrates how Gene went to Vermont where Leper was to talk to him since Leper came home from war. The two boys went on a walk but Gene had to run away because of Finny telling too many harsh memories of the war.
Quote - "I waited for Leper; in this wintery outdoors he loved, to come to himself again. Just as I knew the field could never grow again, I knew that Leper could not be wild or bitter or psycho tramping across the hills of Vermont" (Knowles 138).
Diary - I set out to find the location for Lepers “Christmas location”. As Leper took the bus through the New England landscape I waited for him to arrive in his town. As I walked the rest of the way through the snow to Lepers house I started to get very cold and as I arrived at the house, I started to think about it it Leper leaving the army and deserting us, I couldn't believe that he could do such a thing to us. I looked up at the window as Leper was just standing there I stood in disbelief. I don't know why he would do this because the army had already agreed to give him a insanity relief of duty so he could go back home but instead he just left us. I made a few uncertain comments about Leper leaving the army and Leper starting crying his eyes out and I started to feel bad for him even though I really in someway didn't. After our meal his mom told us to go on a walk and talk it over. I could not stand to listen about Leper crying about his feelings so I just ran away into the snowy fields.
Chapter 11 - Past Haunting Memories
This picture helps what it might've looked like in the assembly hall where the boys were convicting Gene of making Finny fall off the tree. They even brought in people like Leper to try to make a neutral decision, but Finny won't admit Gene did it.
Quote - "Finny turned toward me. You were down at the bottom, weren't you? he asked, not in the official courtroom tone he had used before, but in a friend's voice" (Knowles 162).
Diary - I returned to Devon after being at Lepers house all this time. We had started a snowball fight and it was the first time I saw Finny happy in a long time. I didn't really want to join in the snowball fight but Finny dragged me into it and in ended up having a really good time. Later that day Brinker came to Finny and I’s room and asked us a question about Leper. I told him that Leper was acting crazy he even left the army and no one knows where he is. As the day went by, everyone that was able to enlist in the army except for me enlisted. I decided not to because I felt bad for Finny, Brinker ended up confronting me about this and tried to say that I am a coward for this. As I was reading something to Finny he actually admitted that WW2 was real which was a real step for him, and after that nothing really went on the day died out and a new one started.
Chapter 12 - A New Feeling
This person might have resembled Gene the night of Finny's fall. He felt almost ghost like around town because Finny was getting very angry at him and he couldn't do too much to change anything.
Quote - "Levels of reality I had never suspected before, a kind of thronging and epic grandeur which my superficial eyes and cluttered mind had been blind to before. They unrolled away impervious to me as though I were a roaming ghost" (Knowles 178).
Diary - Something bad happened, Finny crashed down the steps. We ran to a nearby neighbor and asked the wrestling coach for help with this so Finny could get first aid. Dr. Stanpole came over too after I sent someone over to get him and he confirmed that Finnys leg was broken once again which was terrible and I was scared for him. I snuck into the infirmary to see what was going on with Finny, I snuck in through the side of the window into Finnys room. He accused me of this being my fault and he said that I was going to break something else in his body, he didn't want me in there as he was screaming at me. All through that night I just wondered around campus thinking about life and Finny. That night I ended waking up under the stadium and I woke up very sore.
Chapter 13 - Onto New Things
Most of the boys in Devon begin to enlist in the war, as the war is raging up in Devon. In the picture, people had to sware into the military, this is what Gene and Binkee had to do when they both went off.
Quote - "I finally identified this as the source of his disillusionment during the winter, this generalized, faintly self-pitying resentment against millions of people he did not know" (Knowles 193).
Diary - As the school year got closer to the end and my class was about to graduate, the school begins to donate items to the military just like the parachute. I watched as the military filled up our school and how they occupied it so quickly. Brinker takes me down to the butt room, to meet up with his father who goes on and on about story's from the War and he talked for at least 30 minutes, I started to fall asleep. Brinkers father once I told him that I wasn't joining the military was very disappointed, I could tell by the way his face looked and the way he glared at me. But that wasn't going to change my decision because I had already made up my mind. I am going to enlist and I'm very excited for the new opportunity.