In this scene Gene, the main character is going back to his old school. This school is Devon and is located in New England. He is going back to this school 15 years later to seek forgiveness. Page 1
Starting on page 3 Gene goes back to an old tree and has a flashback. This tree is very important for this novel. He starts about his summer of 1942 and gives details about all his friends. There was Phineas, Finny, Elwin “Leper”, Chet, and Bobby
In the summer of 1942 they did a summer session. During this his relationship with finny grew and on the outside he acted like he loved him but on the inside he had jealousy and resentment towards him.
The Jealousy and resentment got to the point where when Finny climbs up a tree Gene shakes it to make him fall. This pretty much ruins Finny's future but he does not know Gene did it.
After Gene starts to feel bad he goes back to the infirmary to apologize for what he had done.While doing this Dr. Stanpole has to take him to surgery. Later on he comes back out to let Gene know finny had passed.
Gene faces this tragedy that could have ruined his life. He ruined another persons life then shows his growth into adulthood. But from the beginning this is what he his trying to seek forgiveness for.