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ther snobbishly

ther snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth. And, after boasting this way of my tolerance, I come to the admission that it has a limit. Conduct may be founded on the hard rock or the wet marshes but after a certain point I don’t care what it’s founded on. When I came back from the East last autumn I felt that I wanted the world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever; I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart. Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction—Gatsby who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn. If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away. This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified under the name of the ‘creative temperament’— it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again. No—Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and shortwinded elations of men. My family have been prominent, well-to-do people in this middle-western city for three generations. The Car- The Great Gatsby

aways are something of a clan and we have a tradition that we’re descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch, but the actual founder of my line was my grandfather’s brother who came here in fifty-one, sent a substitute to the Civil War and started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries on today. I never saw this great-uncle but I’m supposed to look like him—with special reference to the rather hard-boiled painting that hangs in Father’s office. I graduated from New Haven in 1915, just a quarter of a century after my father, and a little later I participated in that delayed Teutonic migration known as the Great War. I enjoyed the counter-raid so thoroughly that I came back restless. Instead of being the warm center of the world the middle-west now seemed like the ragged edge of the universe—so I decided to go east and learn the bond business. Everybody I knew was in the bond business so I supposed it could support one more single man. All my aunts and uncles talked it over as if they were choosing a prep-school for me and finally said, ‘Why—yees’ with very grave, hesitant faces. Father agreed to finance me for a year and after various delays I came east, permanently, I thought, in the spring of twenty-two. The practical thing was to find rooms in the city but it was a warm season and I had just left a country of wide lawns and friendly trees, so when a young man at the office suggested that we take a house together in a commuting town it sounded like a great idea. He found the house, a weather beaten cardboard bungalow at eighty a month, but at the last minute the firm ordered him to Washington and I went Free eBooks at Planet eBook.com

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  • Page 31 and 32: The man peered doubtfully into the
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  • Page 35 and 36: ‘I like your dress,’ remarked M
  • Page 37 and 38: ‘Ask Myrtle,’ said Tom, breakin
  • Page 39 and 40: I was crazy about him? I never was
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  • Page 43 and 44: Chapter 3 T here was music from my
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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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