Finny who has been called a peace of his own, falling down the stairs and then eventually dying, symbolises the students who will be graduating and then joining the war loosing the special kind of peace only childhood can offer
“You want to break something else in me! Is that why you’re here!”
“I want to fix your leg up”
“This is something I think boys of your generation are going to see a lot of,“and I will have to tell you about it now. Your friend is dead.”“It was such a simple, clean break. Anyone Could have set it. Of course, I didn’t send him to Boston. Why should I?”In the middle of it his heart simply stopped, without warning. I can’t explain it. Yes, I can. There Is only one explanation. As I was moving the bone some of the marrow must have escaped into his blood stream and gone directly to his heart and stopped it. That’s the only possible explanation. The only one. There are risks, there are always risks. An operating room is a place where the risks are just more formal than in other places. An operating room and a war.”
“The marrow of his bone …”
I could not escape a feeling that this was my own funeral, and you do not cry in that case
"They look like sewing machines"
“They are sewing machines!”
I never killed anybody and I never developed an intense level of hatred for the enemy. Because My war ended before I ever put on a uniform; I was on active duty all my time at school; I killed my enemy there.