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A Separate Peace
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by John Knowles
In the silences between jokes about Leper's glories we wondered whether we ourselves would measure up to the humblest minimum standard of the army. I did not know everything there was to know about myself, and knew that I did not know it; I wondered in the silences between jokes about Leper whether the still hidden parts of myself might contain the Sad Sack, the outcast, or the coward. We were all at our funniest about Leper, and we all secretly hoped that Leper, that incompetent, was as heroic as we said 9. Leper becomes a reflection of all the boys' dreams of their own future selves in the army. What does it say, then, that Leper goes mad and abandons ship?
Elwin "Leper" Lepellier Character Description. Elwin "Leper" Lepellier Leper is described as wearing "steel rimmed glasses," and having a "pinched and pink face". He is also described as wearing clothes that differentiate from everyone else's including "a dull green deer-stalker's cap, brown ear muffs, a thick gray woolen scarf" Leper can be classified as a dynamic character. At the beginning of the novel, Leper is creative, daring, and fails to see troubles in the world. However, following his escape after being enlisted himself in war, he loses his mind. During war he hallucinated a lot, and the war caused him to go mentally insane.