A Separate Peace

Regarding Finny's breaking of the swimming record, why does Gene say, "It made Finny seem too unusual for --not friendship, but too unusual for rivalry''?

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Finny's rebelliousness is again reinforced by the swimming incident; he does not see a point in following the rules and making his record official, because others' recognition is not nearly as important to him as his own. Gene is again shown as a foil to Finny, since he espouses the more common and simply logical point of view, which is contrary to Finny's beliefs. They are opposite in their natural instincts, and in several aspects of their nature; still, they are able to get along, just as the opposite aspects of Finny's natures do not cause him problems.