In this lesson, we will learn more about the part jealousy plays in this novel.
Gene and Phineas, or Finny, are the best of friends, until jealousy takes over.
He wonders: Was he trying to impress me or something? When he had broken a school record without a day of practice?
I knew he was serious about it, so I didn't tell anybody.
There was no harm in envying even your best friend a little.
A little bit of jealousy might be okay between friends, but when does it cross the line?Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.Dealing with enemies has been a problem ever since the beginning of time.I could feel myself becoming unexpectedly excited at that.Have you ever felt like Gene and hoped that one of your friends would finally get in trouble?Gene is confused that Finny wants to keep his record to himself.Could Finny really be the kind of guy that does not live for competition?When Gene is faced with yet another meeting of Finny's informal club, he thinks: But examinations were at hand. The Suicide Society continued to meet every evening, and I continued to attend, because I didn't want Finny to understand me as I understood him.Gene thinks that he understands Finny's dark side, but the reality is that at this point in the story, Finny does not have a dark side. It is not until after Gene does the unthinkable and knocks Finny out of the Suicide tree, maiming him for life, that Gene discovers that Finny was never jealous of him as he had supposed. Gene realizes that: Any fear I had ever had of the tree was nothing beside this.As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 79,000 lessons in math, English, science, history, and more.Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed.