A Separate Peace

Why was gene hiding his emotions from finny?

Chapter 4

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Gene knows that he can be the best in the school in academics, but thinks that Finny's high-jinks and his attempts to take up Gene's time are Finny's attempts to make sure that he comes out ahead in the relationship. Gene's jealousy, whether merited or not, begins to take him over; he decides that he cannot trust his "friend," and Finny's statement, that had been so touching the previous evening, of Gene being his best friend, Gene now believes to be false. At the same time, Gene also loves his friend and does not want to disappoint his friend so he keeps his feelings hidden.