The first life-changing event was Finny taking Gene to the beach. This might seem a trivial part of the story, but it is, subtly, the pivotal point in his feelings towards Finny. “I hope you’re having a pretty good time here,” says Finny. “I know I kind of dragged you away at the point of a gun, but after all you can’t come to the shore with just anybody and you can’t come by yourself, and at this teenage period in life the proper person is your best pal.” At first Gene accepts this as truth and doesn’t question Finny, or his motives for bringing him to the beach. The two fall asleep on the sand dunes and relax. The next morning, Gene wakes up and realizes he is going to miss his very important trigonometry test. That is when everything changes; he thinks that Finny doesn’t want him to succeed ...
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