I did it. I jumped off the branch and into the river .In the moment, like all adrenaline boosting things it felt good, up until the point where I almost died! Don't get me wrong, i didn't want to jump into the river. I mean who in their right mind decides to jump off a tree into a river. It's absurd! Too many things can go wrong, what if the river wasn't as deep as we expected or even worse… What if a teacher saw us? This is all Finny’s fault. How dare he talk me into jump off the tree. He could tell I didn't want to do it, but in front of all of the boys I had no choice. They would think i was being a whimp, I needed to protect my reputation. I mean really, none of the other boys jumped but of course i had to, i wouldn't have heard the end of it if I told Finny I was too scared.
yours TRULY, gene
What was I doing up here anyway? Why did I let Finny talk me into stupid things like this? Was he getting some kind of hold over me? (KNOWLES 17)
THE FAMOUS TREE FINNY AND GENE JUMPED OFF OF. AS DESCRIBED IN THE BOOK THERE IS A RIVER NEXT TO IT AND LAND SURROUNDING THE RIVER, THE BOYS HAVE TO JUMP FAR ENOUGH TO THE MIDDLE.
Summer is over, I have to make sure I study really hard! My room feels empty without Finny. And let me just tell you, there are so many people in the school now! I feel claustrophobic every time I walk out of my room! Why do people think I choose this room for only being alone! I didn't know Finny wouldn't be here, he should be healed by now. After all I did to Finny, I have to do sports for him. I talked to Quackenbush, boy does that guy know how to strike a nerve. Why would one call someone maimed when they are in fact not? It makes no sense. Why does he pick on me? I have done nothing to him! He just took it to far adding Finny into his foolish ways… I couldn't hold back anymore, I had to punch him. My fist couldn't hold back! Guess what else? Finny called me today! He was happy with me for punching Quackenbush, I knew it was right, Finny’s conformation helped with the guilt.
Yours Truly, Gene
" HIT HIM HARD ACROSS THE FACE" (KNOWLES 79)
The picture Genes fist- assuming heisted his fist to hit Quakenbush- also illustrates Genes realization that he does care about Finny. And that self defense in necessity is okay.
There is something seriously wrong with Brinker! He was making jokes about Finny today… what was I to do but play along. I tried to create a conversation change and led the boys to the “Butt Room” but even in there Brinker kept talking. Does this boy ever be quiet? Because of him all the other boys started playing along! They created this “illusion” that I pushed Finny off the branch. Little do they know I actually did cause his accident. The whole thing was utterly dreadful! And don't even get me started on Brinker's "Poems "one can even call something as dreadful as that a poem. We also went on a ski trip, it was fun! What made it even better was that Brinker said he was going to enlist!! No more cringe worthy poems and unreasonable story's. You'll never guess what happened when I came back to my dorm! Finny was there!!
Yours truly, gene
We seemed to be nothing but children playing against heroic men (Knowles 97)
The picture illustrates the "Butt Room" in the basement of Devon. It symbolizes Gene's guilt because he was the one who told the boys to go there so they would stop talking about Finny's accident.
Dead is my best friend and my greatest enemy. I feel broken. There is no life for me anymore, I am dead alongside him. My heart is shattered like a glass fallen on the floor. I do not cry, I cannot cry, for one does not cry for thier own death but welcomes it with open arms. For what will I live? His death will not stop his long lasting impact on his environment , we will embody Finny’s attitude in our daily life. It was a shock of course, I last spoke to him about the guilt that was building up inside of me ready to take over. He forgave me- what kind of a person would forgive without second thought. Perhaps, if the trial had not gone on, if Brinker had kept his big mouth shut, Finny would still be here. I was such a bad friend, putting my desire over his safety… What's done is done, Now i will live forever wondering if I didn't shake the branch and set off this chain of reactions. Would Finny still be alive?
Yours truly, Gene
I did not cry then or ever about Finny [...] I coundnot escape the feeling that this was my own funeral. (KNOWLES 194)
This Picture illustrates the place where Finny died. It is very significant because here is where Gene and Finny came to agreement about their friendship. The hospital bed symbolizes Finny's coffin and his death, because when he was in the bed he had a very hard time getting comfortable and once he did he was at peace.
I can finally let out a breath. I know what I will do about this god forsaken war, I will join the navy. Of course Brinker's father doesn't agree but he seems the sort of person to agree with jumping off a cliff so I think I'm fine without his blessing. The obvious question is will I ever get over Finny? Should I get over Finny? He will always find himself implemented in my actions but is that enough? It has to be. I know the navy isn't where he would've gone but that's where I'll be taking him. Together we will leave Devon behind and walk to the future. Leaving Devin seemed like ages away and now suddenly it's right here, were done. Officially old enough to go and enlist in the military, get jobs, go to college. It's surreal. Devon will now only be a morgue of my memories patiently waiting until I come back to visit it.
Yours truLy, Gene
During the time I was with him, Phineas created an atmosphere in which I continued now to live…. (Knowles 202)
This picture illustrates Genes future job in the navy. The bonoculores symbolize Genes hopes and dreams as he leaves Devon.
Two or more people to play with
1-Have everyone playing roll the dice
2-Who ever gets a six first gets to start first
3-Then that same person will roll again to see how many boxes they will go
4- repeat #2-3 until everyone goes
5- First one to the end wins
(Corresponding Rules for Special Places )
“The Tree” - Oops you broke your leg! Go back to start!
“The Butt Room” - Pick up a question card- answer the question in front of everyone!
“Spies”- Spies have caught you trying to win! Go back two spaces
“ Free Space” - Pick a player to either move three spaces back OR answer a question card
“Camouflage”- Oh No! You got lost in the forest! Wait two turns then continue playing