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Finny proposes a double jump with Gene, and they strip and ascend the tree. Finny goes out onto the limb first, and when Gene steps out, his knees bend and he jostles the limb, causing Finny to lose his balance and fall with a sickening thud to the bank.
Gene then moves out to the end of the limb and dives into the water, suddenly fearless. Finny explains calmly that he wanted merely to keep from falling. Gene then states that he tried to catch hold of Finny but that Finny fell away too fast.
Finny tells him that he has the same shocked facial expression now that he did on the tree. Gene asks if Finny. May 31, What happened to Finny at the end of Chapter 11? As Brinker tries to bring Leper back to his senses, Finny rises and declares that he doesn’t.
The tree scene is one of the most important events in A Separate Peace and comes about when the boys, as part of their secret tree jumping routine, decide to do a double-jump together. Finny and.