The next example is when Phineas has to come to grips with the entire situation. There is a war on, he has no use in it and his best friend has hurt him. All of this unravels with an important meeting where many others discuss what was thought only to be just a rumor. Here Leper points out the truth to everyone, even Phineas. Responding to “The one who moved first shook the other one’s balance!”, a statement from a spectator, Leper says “I suppose so.” It is at this point that Phineas must realize what Gene did and that it happened. He can no longer pretend it would never have happened. At this point Phineas had to let go of his innocence and come to this shocking realization.
The final example is when Phineas has to realize that he will have no part whatsoever in the war. Up to this point Phineas had been writing to various people