The only person he knew who did not do that was Finny, the only person Gene knew who was truly honest, and who never had an internal war to fight.
During the questioning of Finny by Brinker, Finny changes the story to make Gene appear innocent of his actions in the tree. Gene focuses on, and succeeds at, academics. In an ideal matching of gentility with hardiness, "Eugene" means "well born," while "Forrester" suggests natural independence and outdoor resourcefulness.
He ceaselessly strives for order during the Winter Session at Devon. Already we have the footing for our climax. He often seems to want to lose hold of his own identity and live as a part of Finny, a tendency suggesting that he is strongly uncomfortable with his own personality.
For example, Finny invents a game called blitzball after being disappointed by other sports.
He envies his roommate Finny's graceful, easy athleticism and social prowess. With tragic consequences, Gene's conformity brings him into conflict with rebellious Finny, but his natural reserve prevents him from expressing his feelings openly and directly. Plot summary[ edit ] Gene Forrester, the protagonist, returns to his old prep school, Devon a thinly veiled portrayal of Knowles's alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy 15 years after he graduated, to visit two places he regards as "fearful sites": a flight of marble stairs and a big tree by the river from which he caused his friend, Phineas, to fall.
This rivalry begins with Gene's jealousy towards Finny. Read an in-depth analysis of Finny. Though frequently taught in U.