Chapter 5: Grief
Diary Entry(Finny): I had been resting in the infirmary all night, and in the morning, Gene came to visit me. I was really excited to see Gene in person. When he came into my room, he instantly started asking all kinds of questions about the fall. I didn't really remember much, besides somehow I lost my balance and fell off. I remembered that I tried to reach for Gene to stop me from falling, but I could not reach. Gene seemed upset at me for trying to grab on to him, as I could've pulled him down with me. However, I was just trying to do anything to stop me from getting hurt badly. I started to believe that Gene could've been the reason I fell. He was the only one around and atop the tree with me. He could've tried to save me but didn't. Then again, I quickly shredded that conspiracy as Gene is my friend, and would never do something like that to harm me. I told Gene that he should go back to following the old rules at Devon so he doesn't get in any trouble, but I wonder if he will listen.
Quote: "My own voice sounded quiet and foreign. 'I jounced the limb. I caused it.' One more sentence. 'I deliberately jounced the limb so you would fall off'" (Knowles 70).
The picture shows Finny in the hospital bed after his fall from the tree, talking to Gene how the accident was caused.
Chapter 6: The Big Bad Brawl
Journal Entry(Gene): I returned to Devon and the meetings for the Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session, without Finny of course. I went to the crew house to become the new assistant manager. I finally meet the crew manager, Cliff Quackenbush. He treats me disrespectfully and says I don't have enough skills or motivation. He then had the audacity to call me maimed. How dare someone speak to me like that. I was not maimed. I could not stand Quackenbush's remark so I punched him in the face. We both tumbled in the water and I was soaked in water as I returned to my dorm room. On the way there, another strict Devon master stops me and tells me to put an end to my wild antics, and it won't be tolerated. This upset me, them he told me I had a long distance phone call. It was Finny. We began talking and I tell him that I am going to run for assistant crew manager. He disagreed with my positioning as that job is usually for young, unathletic people. Finny told me that I should do sports. I began to feel that I was coming part of Finny ever since his great fall. I can take over Finny's position and will be just as good as him.
Quote: "I hit him hard across the face. I didn't know why for an instant; it was almost as though I were maimed" (Knowles 79).
The picture shows Gene and Quackenbush's fight from the chapter after Quackenbush called Gene maimed. Gene punches his in the face.
Chapter 7: Patriotic Service
Diary entry:(Gene): Brinker recently visited my room, and was questioning why I was alone in my dorm room. He thought that I fixed the situation so I could have it this way. Brinker suggested that I purposefully pushed Finny, causing him to fall and get hurt. Soon after we all go to the Butt Room to smoke, and the same conversation comes up. Now that's just nonsense and I told all the other boys that. More importantly, me and the boys volunteered to shovel snow off the railroad tracks for the milItary trains to pass. As we are working, a train full of soldiers passed by and that really got us feeling happy and excited. I began to speak with Brinker alone, and we decided that we should enlist in the army to support the country and be patriotic heroes. Quackenbush, however, decided he didn't want to join. What an unpatriotic punk. Excited about my proud moment, I dance up into my room only to find that Finny is back. What a surprise. This made me think maybe I should stay with him and the army is not ready for me yet.
Quote: "All of us lined both sides of the track and got ready to cheer the engineer and passengers. The coach windows were open and the passengers surprisingly were all hanging out; they were all men, I could discern, all young, all alike. It was a troop train" (Knowles 97).