A Separate Peace is the story of a young male named Rich Savage who attends an all-boy school called "The Devon School". The story takes place somewhere in New Hampshire during World War II.
Lincoln's Undoing Edit
Afraid that Lincoln's book would get more publicity than his, renowned homosexual activist John Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln and stole his story in an effort to obtain the better novel. After the heinous act, Mr. Booth proceeded to jump onto the stage from the President's Box in an effort to escape, breaking his leg in the effort. Bone marrow reached his heart after the fall, although any idiot with a Ph.D. in medical stuff can tell you that is physically impossible. Shortly after, he went to see the Doctor to get his leg fixed.
Immediately after getting it published under the pseudonym "John Knowles", Booth was arrested for assassinating the President of the United States.
Remaining Homosexual Elements Edit
Even though the book was harshly edited, some of the original rampant, flaming homosexuality can be seen in a couple sections of the text.
“I threw my hip against his, catching him by surprise, and he was instantly down, definitely pleased. This was why he liked me so much. When I jumped on top of him, my knees on his chest, he couldn't ask for anything better.”
“"Over your head? Pink? It makes you look like a fairy!"”
“I noticed that people were looking fixedly at him, so I took a look myself to see why. His skin radiated a red-dish copper glow of tan, his brown hair had been a little bleached by the sun, and I noticed that the tan made his eyes shine with a cool blue-green fire.”
“Phineas, in exaltation, balancing on one foot on the prow of a canoe like a river god, his raised arms invoking the air to support him, face transfigured, body a complex set of balances and compensations, each muscle aligned in perfection with all the others to maintain this supreme fantasy of achievement. His skin slowing between river and sky as though he had transcended gravity and might by gently pushing upward with his foot glide a little bit higher and remain suspended in space, encompassing all the glory of the summer and offering it to the sky.”
“"Here's your prisoner gentlemen," announced Brinker, seizing my neck and pushing me into the Butt Room ahead of him, "I'm turning you in to the proper authorities." High spirits came hard in the haze of the Butt Room. A slumped figure near the radio, which happened to be playing loud at the moment, finally [a]roused himself to say, "What's the charge? ”
“The flaps of his [Brinker's] carbine jacket parted slightly over his healthy rump, and it is that, without any sense of derision at all, that I recall as Brinker's salient characteristic, those healthy, determined, not over-exaggerated but definite and substantial buttocks.”
“I thought it anything but a bad smell. It was preeminently the smell of the human body after it had been used to the limit, such a smell as has meaning and poignance for any athlete, as it has for any lover.”
The Devon SchoolEdit
Contrary to popular belief, The Devon School is not a school for people named Devon, but rather a school where young boys are taught to become more Devon-ish. They learn the basic rules of being a Devon and upon graduation are allowed to legally change their name to Devon.
The school emphasizes three main points:
John Wilkes Booth is transcribed as the original author who used the pseudonym "John Knowles". However, later "Knowles" is reported to have written the spiritual sequel in 1981, more than 100 years after John Wilkes Booth's death.
In 1973, a man named Jim Pickertt stole the name "John Knowles" and claimed to be the author. Nobody called Pickertts's bluff because Americans were too stupid to realize that people don't generally live for 100 years after their reported death.
The tragic thing is, somebody out there who really is named John Knowles is not going to be happy when his neighbors start calling him gay.