1. “I was beginning to see that Phineas could get away with anything. I couldn’t help envying him that a little, which was perfectly normal. There was no harm in envying even your best friend a little.”
Gene’s inner dialogue is crucial since it gives the audience a chance to reveal his true colors. Throughout the book, he seems to make logical excuses for his delusional actions. Technically, there isn’t harm in envying your best friend, but the way that Gene is carrying this conversation with himself makes me believe that his logic is unstable. That in this case, there is going to be harm in envying your best friend. This quote foreshadows that something bad will happen to their friendship.
2. “Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to him. It is the moment when his emotions achieve their most powerful sway over him, and afterward when you say to this person “the world today” or “life” or “reality” he will assume that you mean this moment, even if it is fifty years past. The world, through his unleashed emotions, imprinted itself upon him, and he carries the stamp of that passing moment forever.”
I found this quote to be a bit strange. Gene later goes on to claim that his "moment" was the war, but I believe it to be his personal resentment towards Phineas.
3. “The thought was, You and Phineas are even already. You are even in enmity.”
Gene, without fail, has been jealous of Phineas, but in this quote, he convinces himself that