Separate Peace It was a hot and humid summer, while World War Two was in progress. The summer holidays was the time when all the friends were together at the Devon School. The students at this school were enjoying themselves either studying, doing leisure activities or just relaxing under the hot sun. One special group of friends usually played lacrosse throughout the summer but this activity became obsolete with newer things. Phineas the daring athlete told his group of friends to follow him. He led them to a tall tree by the river.
Phineas slowly climbed up the tree, not thinking about the height or the danger of falling from the tree. As Phineas stood on the branch, he jumped cautiously making a sharp dive into the muddy river. He encouraged the others to jump too, but everyone refused from great freight. Then Phineas really pressured Gene a lonely intellectual into jumping off the tree. Gene tried to refuse but he wasnt strong enough. Gene felt like he had no choice, so he climbed the tree and slowly jumped into the river once he was at the top.
As he landed, he smiled and enjoyed the thrill of that experience. After Gene came out of the river he was praised by everyone around because of his bravery. Phineas and Gene were room mates at this all male school and their relationship as friends was getting stronger each day because Gene admired Phineas for his bravery and Phineas admired Gene because he listened to him. Phineas decided to make a club called the Super Suicide Society of the Summer Session. Every night these members of the club met in a private area and they talked about the next day, sports, but mostly about the war.
Further on during the novel Gene became more like Phineas. Phineas was always late for classes and never serious which meant trouble. Phineas was against the fighting that was occurring over seas because many young men were dying. Finny a friend to Phineas and Gene was an excellent skier. The Army needed people like Finny, so Finny considered joining the war. This upset Phineas because he didnt want his friends or anyone to join the bloody war.
One day Gene and Phineas went to the tree again. As the two stood at the top of the tree, Gene pushed Phineas into the river. Instead of falling into the river, Phineas fell on the muddy ground beside the river. The next week Gene went to visit Phineas at the hospital. Phineas didnt feel that Gene was responsible for the fall that he had but Gene felt that he was.
Almost a month went by and Phineas came back to school. All his friends welcomed his return. That night the friends talked about the war, and Phineas couldnt take the opinions the others had about the war. He angrily stormed off with his crutches. As Phineas was going down the stairs, he fell and hurt his leg again.
Phineas was taken to the hospital. This time the Doctors had to amputate his leg. As the operation was under going Phineas heart stopped because he had too much morphine for his pains. At Phineas funeral Gene felt like he was responsible for Phineas death. Days had gone by and Gene wanted to get away from the Devon School, since it brought far too many bad memories.
He enlisted into the army to join Finny and many others.