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The Great Gatsby - Planet eBook

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it was he who drove

it was he who drove Daisy and Gatsby over to East Egg the night of the accident and perhaps he had made a story about it all his own. I didn’t want to hear it and I avoided him when I got off the train. I spent my Saturday nights in New York because those gleaming, dazzling parties of his were with me so vividly that I could still hear the music and the laughter faint and incessant from his garden and the cars going up and down his drive. One night I did hear a material car there and saw its lights stop at his front steps. But I didn’t investigate. Probably it was some final guest who had been away at the ends of the earth and didn’t know that the party was over. On the last night, with my trunk packed and my car sold to the grocer, I went over and looked at that huge incoherent failure of a house once more. On the white steps an obscene word, scrawled by some boy with a piece of brick, stood out clearly in the moonlight and I erased it, drawing my shoe raspingly along the stone. Then I wandered down to the beach and sprawled out on the sand. Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes—a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of 1 The Great Gatsby

this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder. And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night. Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning—— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. THE END Free eBooks at Planet eBook.com 1

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    The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzge

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    Chapter 1 I n my younger and more v

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    aways are something of a clan and w

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    It was a matter of chance that I sh

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    And so it happened that on a warm w

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    the whip and snap of the curtains a

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    ‘What you doing, Nick?’ ‘I’

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    Before I could answer her eyes fast

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    cally. ‘It’s about the butler

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    or White Star Line. He’s singing

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    attention, my belief, I felt the ba

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    ‘Did I?’ She looked at me. ‘I

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    ished, and I was alone again in the

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    emn dumping ground. The valley of a

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    ut there was an immediately percept

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    The man peered doubtfully into the

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    in the saucer of milk all afternoon

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    ‘I like your dress,’ remarked M

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    ‘Ask Myrtle,’ said Tom, breakin

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    I was crazy about him? I never was

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    photograph of a man of action. Taki

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    Chapter 3 T here was music from my

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    ecome for a sharp, joyous moment th

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    unnaturally loud across the garden.

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    necessary to whisper about in this

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    somewhere last night. I’ve been d

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    ‘I thought you knew, old sport. I

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    a big sensation.’ He smiled with

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    der by dissension. One of the men w

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    illuminated a bizarre and tumultuou

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    At least a dozen men, some of them

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    theatre district, I felt a sinking

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    them: ‘Love, Nick,’ and all I c

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    Auerbach and Mr. Chrystie’s wife)

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    out a burst of melody from its thre

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    ‘I see.’ ‘My family all died

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    ought to know something about me. I

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    lar I met Gatsby for lunch. Blinkin

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    other time.’ ‘I beg your pardon

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    fifty years old, and I won’t impo

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    lor demanded the privilege of monop

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    took it into the tub with her and s

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    ‘Why not?’ ‘Gatsby bought tha

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    Chapter 5 W hen I came home to West

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    happens to be a rather confidential

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    taking place outside. Finally he go

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    momentarily at me and his lips part

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    their roofs thatched with straw. Pe

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    ‘Oh, I’ve been in several thing

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    an inconceivable pitch of intensity

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    of a small town….’ He rang off.

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    IN BETWEEN TIME—— As I went ove

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    he saw Dan Cody’s yacht drop anch

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    had been coasting along all too hos

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    habit who had been there previously

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    my car. Excuse me for just a minute

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    ‘Mrs. Buchanan … and Mr. Buchan

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    standing with Daisy and watching th

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    of that year, was drifting out the

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    they came to a place where there we

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    village was that the new people wer

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    ‘We can’t move,’ they said to

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    ‘She doesn’t look like her fath

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    innocently. ‘You know the adverti

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    sy looked at Tom frowning and an in

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    ‘I’m sick,’ said Wilson witho

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    sciousness of being observed and on

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    turning around. ‘There aren’t a

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    him. He was a friend of Daisy’s.

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    white.’ Flushed with his impassio

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