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The Great Gatsby - Planet eBook

The Great Gatsby - Planet eBook

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Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry ‘Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!’ —THOMAS PARKE D’INVILLIERS The Great Gatsby

Chapter 1 I n my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’ He didn’t say any more but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence I’m inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores. The abnormal mind is quick to detect and attach itself to this quality when it appears in a normal person, and so it came about that in college I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men. Most of the confidences were unsought—frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon—for the intimate revelations of young men or at least the terms in which they express them are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions. Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope. I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my fa- Free eBooks at Planet eBook.com

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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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    ing scorn: ‘Do you know why we le

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    that bunch that hangs around with M

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    ‘Nick?’ He asked again. ‘What

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    The ‘death car’ as the newspape

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    Presently Tom lifted his head with

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    Some dim impulse moved the policema

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    I hadn’t gone twenty yards when I

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    out that Daisy had been driving. He

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    Chapter 8 I couldn’t sleep all ni

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    value in his eyes. He felt their pr

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    efore he went to the front and foll

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    sistible journey to Louisville on t

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    geous pink rag of a suit made a bri

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    ing. When they convinced her of thi

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    ‘This?’ he inquired, holding it

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    ‘That’s an advertisement,’ Mi

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    up the front steps was the first th

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    than she could endure. So Wilson wa

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    Dear Mr. Carraway. This has been on

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    I took him into the drawing-room, w

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    less without them. My address is ca

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    some work for a client of mine up t

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    Rise from bed … … … … ….

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    ‘Neither could anybody else.’

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    the wind blew the wet laundry stiff

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    crazy enough to kill me if I hadn

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    this continent, compelled into an a

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