I feel guilty because I could have just killed Finny! He might have been trying to sabotage my grades but is that punishable by death!?!
Finny, I jostled the tree intentionally!
You are not thinking straight right now.
Gene jostles the tree that he and Finny were standing on and Finny falls off. He was later taken to the infirmary and was told he could no longer play sports.
Go Gene! You can do it! Olympics, here you come!
Gene feels guilty about what happened to Finny because it was primarily his fault.
I went back to the Devon School not long ago...
Gene confesses to Finny that he jostled the tree on purpose. Finny refuses to believe that his best friend and roommate would do that.
A Separate Peace By John Knowles
Finny was an incredible athlete prior to his injury, and he revealed that he was training to get to the Olympics. Gene allows Finny to train him for the Winter Olympics of 1944 in the hopes of making it up to Finny, or at least to rid himself of some of the guilt he possessed from Finny's "accident".
Fast forward: Gene writes about what had happened many years ago in High School. This became a release of the guilt he felt for what had happened. He published his writings, and it became the book, A Separate Peace, by John Knowles.