A Separate Peace

Do you think Phineas believed his own story that jumping from the tree related to an individual's preparation for war?

Cht. 2 of A Seperate Peace

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I don't think he really did consider his motivations clearly. Finny is just a boy. Romantic notions equating jumping off trees and war are simply boyhood rituals to derive a greater meaning to the daring deeds that they do.