The summer session has ended and spring has begun.
"Peace had deserted Devon. Although not to the look of the campus and village."
The boys attended a meeting to discuss rules. Gene knew too many rules had been broken in the past to go back to their old ways. However, after Finny's accident Gene knew the rules were there for a reason.
"If you broke the rules, then the rules broke you."
Gene now has his and Finny's room to himself. But across the hall, where his good friend Leper Lepellier used to stay, was now Brinker Hadley's headquarters.
"I had the same room which Finny and I had shared during the summer.
Late to his meeting at the Crew House, Gene stopped at the footbridge which crosses the top of the dam, and looked upstream. As he had done every time he looked at the river, he thought of Phineas. Not about the accident or his pain but all of Finny's perfections.
"Late, Forrester. The crew waits for no man."
"Yeah, sorry, I got held up."
Quackenbush and Gene had gotten into an argument. Gene hit him hard across the face, shocking himself by this action. Quackenbush then put Gene into a headlock, trying to free himself, Gene grabbed his sweatshirt and attempted to throw him off. Quackenbush lunged at the same time forcing them both into the water.
"Listen you maimed son-of-a-bitch."
"Next time you call anyone maimed, you better make sure they are first."