The quintessential prep school student, Brinker comes from a wealthy family and is obsessed with truth, order, and justice. Like Finny, Brinker is well known on campus and is considered a leader. But while Finny stands for the freewheeling innocence of youth, Brinker represents the reserved discipline of adulthood. His fixation on getting to the truth leads him to suspect Gene of intentionally harming Finny, a claim that makes Brinker seem like the novel's most grown up and disillusioned adolescent.
The A Separate Peace quotes below are all either spoken by Brinker Hadley or refer to Brinker Hadley. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Scribner edition of A Separate Peace published in 2003.).
Chapter 6 Quotes
"Across the hall...where Leper Lepellier had dreamed his way through July and August amid sunshine and dust motes and windows through which the ivy had reached tentatively into the room, here Brinker Hadley had established his headquarters. Emissaries were already dropping in to confer with him."
Chapter 9 Quotes
"It wasn't the cider which made me surpass myself, it was this liberation we had torn from the gray encroachments of 1943, the escape we had concocted, this afternoon of momentary, illusory, special and separate peace."
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The timeline below shows where the character Brinker Hadley appears in A Separate Peace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...boys hold "The Devon Winter Carnival." With Gene, he assembles a crew of collaborators, including Brinker and his roommate Brownie Perkins. They drink hard cider and award prizes for athletic feats... (full context)
...tribunal tries to calm Leper, Finny stands and says he doesn't care what happened. When Brinker protests that they need to get the facts straight, Finny swears and rushes from the... (full context)
...sense of confidence and affection as the world tumbled into war around him. Everyone else—Gene, Brinker, Leper, and Quackenbush—fell prey to the war in his own way, even though it was... (full context)