Gene demands to know Brinker's meaning; Brinker responds tauntingly that he doesn't know but that Gene may. Gene struggles to defend the discrepancy between their stories. Gene tries to excel in his academics to even up with Finny. Gene feels a thrill at the thought of leaving his old life to join the military. Patch-Withers, the substitute headmaster, holds tea that afternoon. In this chapter, he begins to understand his world more deeply as he struggles with the consequences of his inner turmoil — and his own darker self. Finny tells Gene that he wanted to be an Olympic athlete and that now he will have to train Gene to go in his place.
Finny suggests a jump from the tree and pushes Gene along toward the river. He immersed in the corruptions of his world. On the other hand, the Naguamsett River or is described as ugly, saline, and muddy with seaweed. Finny tells Gene that he has to play sports, for his sake, and Gene feels oddly joyful to think that he must be destined to become a part of Finny. Stanpole asking him to bring some of Finny's things to the infirmary.
None of the boys goes into battle and none except for Leper even joins the army until after graduation. Leper had the innocence of a child. For some boys at this school, a coming of age means more opportunities, and for some others, means a chance to go from being a boy, to becoming a man. It symbolizes the fun of the Summer Session. The Naguamsett on the other hand, is salty, muddy, and turbulent river, which symbolizes the confusing, and stressful times of adulthood.
In a friendly conversation, Finny again dismisses Gene's confession and expresses relief that they will still be roommates. On the train home, the boys talk only of the war and their eagerness to be involved. After he and Finny sleep on the beach, Gene awakens with the dawn. The town of Devon, as described by Knowles, is of course very similar to the real-life and the Devon River and the Naguamsett River are based on the and the. One might understand the joy that Gene consequently feels as stemming from a deep desire: he may dislike himself so much by now that his dearest wish is to abandon this self altogether. Within this atmosphere, Gene cannot help but feel responsibility for his part in Finny's fall. Finny then asks about sports and throws a fit when Gene tells him that he is trying to be assistant crew manager.
Scharnhorsta German battleship torpedoed by British destroyers and then sunk by the battleship Duke of York in December, 1943. The two rivers: The Devon School is situated in the middle of two rivers : the Devon and the Naguamsett river. Gene and Finny struggle to hold on to the meaning and importance of their friendship. Wandering through the campus, Gene makes his way to a tall tree by the river; the reason for his return. Stanpole arrives and has Finny carried out on a chair.
An awkward silence follows, and Gene, wanting to break the tension, goes over to an exercise bar and begins doing chin-ups. The game utilizes a medicine ball that Finny has found lying around; competition in the game is not between two perpetually divided teams but rather shifts as the ball is passed from player to player. Teachers are stricter, the atmosphere is dull. Gene had to take a shower after being baptized in the river. He wants them to continue playing with him so he sets it up so there in no winner and he can still come out on top but never declared the winner. Gene and Finny can do whatever they want, they are never punished. A river flows in a stream down a path called a channel , the bottom being its bed and the sides its banks.
And so Gene strikes out at Quackenbush. The result of the fight between Gene and Quackenbush — a fall into the salty Naguamsett — represents a dirty dunking that contrasts sharply with the cleansing baptism of the Devon. The thought pleases Gene, because it brings back the carefree image of his friend before his accident. Finny is confident, handsome, likable, honest, and very athletic. After being severely maimed, Finny enters his own state of mind, where there is no war occurring.
It can change people and thrust them, quickly, into a different life. D- Gene enjoys the striking vista of the country side, then he jounces the tree limb. Brinker comes across the hall to see Gene and congratulates him on getting such a large room all to himself. Directly ahead, far across the Playing Fields, is the stadium which envelops the swimming pool , the Devon River and the tree that is the basis for a very crucial part of the plot. Gene then states that he tried to catch hold of Finny but that Finny fell away too fast. The chapter begins with Finny's absence, but ends with him not only reasserting his presence, but also his influence over Gene.
Likewise, the two sessions, the summer and winter, give a different sense of feeling toward school and life at Devon School. Stanpole finds him in the hall outside Finny's room and tells him that Finny is dead. The masters of the school, meanwhile, give up any pretense of discipline, and one day Gene tells Mr. The boys hear his footsteps and the tapping of his cane as he runs down the hall, followed by the horrible sound of his body falling down the marble staircase. Finny tells Gene that all winter he has been writing to various military branches all over the allied world, begging to be allowed to enlist but that all of them have rejected him because of his leg.