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Title: The Great Gatsby Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald * A Project Gutenberg of Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my. epub, PDF, kindle ebook. The Great Gatsby is a novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fiction. PDF version of The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald. became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is.

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Synopsis[ change change source ] The events of the novel happen in the summer of Nick Carraway, a man who grew up in the American Midwest , is the narrator. He moves to New York , to be a bonds salesman.

There, he rents a house in the small community of West Egg. The person living next to him is Jay Gatsby , a mysterious man who also has a lot of money. Jay Gatsby also hosts many expensive parties frequently.

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Strangely, he never participates in his own parties; because of this, many rumors are formed as to Gatsby's true identity and background. Nick drives out to visit his cousin Daisy in East Egg. There, he meets her husband, Tom Buchanan.

He is also introduced to her friend, Jordan Baker. Instead of being the warm centre 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.

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 out to the country alone. I had a dog — at least I had him for a few days until he ran away — and an old Dodge and a Finnish woman, who made my bed and cooked breakfast and muttered Finnish wisdom to herself over the electric stove.

It was lonely for a day or so until one morning some man, more recently arrived than I, stopped me on the road. I told him. And as I walked on I was lonely no longer. I was a guide, a pathfinder, an original settler. He had casually conferred on me the freedom of the neighborhood. And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.

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Thus, the eyes also come to represent the essential meaninglessness of the world and the arbitrariness of the mental process by which people invest objects with meaning. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any Summary means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission from the publisher.

He begins by commenting on himself, stating that he learned from his father to reserve judgment about other people, because if he holds them up to his own moral standards, he will misunderstand them. He characterizes himself as both highly moral and highly tolerant. He briefly mentions the hero of his story, Gatsby, saying that Gatsby represented everything he scorns, but that he exempts Gatsby completely from his usual judgments.

West Egg is characterized by lavish displays of wealth and garish poor taste. Nick is unlike his West Egg neighbors; whereas they lack social connections and aristocratic pedigrees, Nick graduated from Yale and has many connections on East Egg.

Tom, a powerful figure dressed in riding clothes, greets Nick on the porch. Inside, Daisy lounges on a couch with her friend Jordan Baker, a competitive golfer who yawns as though bored by her surroundings. Tom tries to interest the others in a book called The Rise of the Colored Empires by a man named Goddard. The book espouses racist, white-supremacist attitudes that Tom seems to find convincing. Daisy teases Tom about the book but is interrupted when Tom leaves the room to take a phone call.

After an awkward dinner, the party breaks up. Jordan wants to go to bed because she has a golf tourna- ment the next day. As Nick leaves, Tom and Daisy hint that they would like for him to take a romantic inter- est in Jordan.

When Nick arrives home, he sees Gatsby for the first time, a handsome young man standing on the lawn with his arms reaching out toward the dark water. Nick looks out at the water, but all he can see is a distant green light that might mark the end of a dock. While Nick has a strong negative reaction to his experiences in New York and eventually returns to the Midwest in search of a less morally ambiguous environment, even during his initial phase of disgust, Gatsby stands out for him as an exception.

Nick admires Gatsby highly, despite the fact that Gatsby represents everything Nick scorns about New York. In the world of East Egg, alluring appearances serve to cover unattractive realities. The marriage of Tom and Daisy Buchanan seems menaced by a quiet desperation beneath its pleasant surface. Unlike Nick, Tom is arrogant and dishonest, advancing racist arguments at dinner and carrying on relatively public love affairs.

Daisy, on the other hand, tries hard to be shallow, even going so far as to say she hopes her baby daughter will turn out to be a fool, because women live best as beautiful fools. Jordan Baker furthers the sense of sophisti- cated fatigue hanging over East Egg: Gatsby stands in stark contrast to the denizens of East Egg.

Gatsby is a mysterious figure for Nick, since Nick knows neither his motives, nor the source of his wealth, nor his history, and the object of his yearning remains as remote and nebulous as the green light toward which he reaches. The relationship between geography and social values is an important motif in The Great Gatsby. Each set- ting in the novel corresponds to a particular thematic idea or character type. This first chapter introduces two of the most important locales, East Egg and West Egg.

Though each is home to fabulous wealth, and though they are separated only by a small expanse of water, the two regions are nearly opposite in the values they endorse. East Egg represents breeding, taste, aristocracy, and leisure, while West Egg represents ostentation, garishness, and the flashy manners of the new rich. The unworkable intersection of the two Eggs in the romance between Gatsby and Daisy will serve as the fault line of catastrophe. The men who live here work at shoveling up the ashes.

Overhead, two huge, blue, specta- cle-rimmed eyes—the last vestige of an advertising gimmick by a long-vanished eye doctor—stare down from an enormous sign. These unblinking eyes, the eyes of Doctor T. Eckleburg, watch over everything that happens in the valley of ashes. The commuter train that runs between West Egg and New York passes through the valley, making sev- eral stops along the way.

One day, as Nick and Tom are riding the train into the city, Tom forces Nick to fol- low him out of the train at one of these stops. Wilson is a lifeless yet handsome man, colored gray by the ashes in the air. In contrast, Myrtle has a kind of desperate vitality; she strikes Nick as sensuous despite her stocky figure.

Tom taunts Wilson and then orders Myrtle to follow him to the train. Catherine has bright red hair, wears a great deal of makeup, and tells Nick that she has heard that Jay Gatsby is the nephew or cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm, the ruler of Germany during World War I. The McKees, who live downstairs, are a horrid couple: McKee is pale and feminine, and Mrs.

McKee is shrill. The group proceeds to drink excessively. Nick claims that he got drunk for only the second time in his life at this party.

The ostentatious behavior and conversation of the others at the party repulse Nick, and he tries to leave. At the same time, he finds himself fascinated by the lurid spectacle of the group.

Myrtle grows louder and more obnoxious the more she drinks, and shortly after Tom gives her a new puppy as a gift, she begins to talk about Daisy. Tom sternly warns her never to mention his wife. Tom responds by breaking her nose, bringing the party to an abrupt halt. Nick leaves, drunkenly, with Mr. McKee, and ends up taking the 4 a. It lacks a glamorous surface and lies fallow and gray halfway between West Egg and New York.

The valley of ashes symbolizes the moral decay hidden by the beautiful facades of the Eggs, and suggests that beneath the orna- mentation of West Egg and the mannered charm of East Egg lies the same ugliness as in the valley. The valley is created by industrial dumping and is therefore a by-product of capitalism.

It is the home to the only poor characters in the novel. The undefined significance of Doctor T. The faded paint of the eyes can be seen as symbolizing the extent to which humanity has lost its connection to God. The fourth and final setting of the novel, New York City, is in every way the opposite of the valley of ashes—it is loud, garish, abundant, and glittering.

To Nick, New York is simultaneously fascinating and repulsive, thrillingly fast-paced and dazzling to look at but lacking a moral center.

While Tom is forced to keep his affair with Myrtle relatively discreet in the valley of the ashes, in New York he can appear with her in public, even among his acquaintances, without causing a scandal.

The sequence of events leading up to and occurring at the party define and contrast the various characters in The Great Gatsby. This contradiction suggests the ambivalence that he feels toward the Buchanans, Gatsby, and the East Coast in general.

Tom emerges in this section as a boorish bully who uses his social status and physical strength to dominate those around him—he subtly taunts Wilson while having an affair with his wife, experiences no guilt for his immoral behavior, and does not hesitate to lash out violently in order to preserve his authority over Myrtle.

Wilson stands in stark contrast, a handsome and morally upright man who lacks money, privilege, and vitality. Fitzgerald also uses the party scene to continue building an aura of mystery and excitement around Gatsby, who has yet to make a full appearance in the novel. Here, Gatsby emerges as a mysterious subject of gossip.

He is extremely well known, but no one seems to have any verifiable information about him. Chapter III Summary One of the reasons that Gatsby has become so famous around New York is that he throws elaborate parties every weekend at his mansion, lavish spectacles to which people long to be invited. Nick runs into Jordan Baker, whose friend, Lucille, speculates that Gatsby was a German spy during the war.

Nick also hears that Gatsby is a graduate of Oxford and that he once killed a man in cold blood. In this atmosphere of opulence and revelry, Nick and Jordan, curious about their host, set out to find Gatsby. At midnight, Nick and Jordan go outside to watch the entertainment. They sit at a table with a handsome young man who says that Nick looks familiar to him; they realize that they served in the same division during the war. The man introduces himself as none other than Jay Gatsby. He notices that Gatsby does not drink and that he keeps himself separate from the party, standing alone on the marble steps, watching his guests in silence.

Jordan emerges from her meeting with Gatsby saying that she has just heard something extraordinary. Nick says goodbye to Gatsby, who goes inside to take a phone call from Phil- adelphia. Nick starts to walk home. On his way, he sees Owl Eyes struggling to get his car out of a ditch. Owl Eyes and another man climb out of the wrecked automobile, and Owl Eyes drunkenly declares that he washes his hands of the whole business.

Nick then proceeds to describe his everyday life, to prove that he does more with his time than simply attend parties. He works in New York City, through which he also takes long walks, and he meets women. Nick says that Jordan is fundamentally a dishonest person; he even knows that she cheated in her first golf tournament. Nick feels attracted to her despite her dishonesty, even though he him- self claims to be one of the few honest people he has ever known.

He had one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. The rich, both socialites from East Egg and their coarser counterparts from West Egg, cavort without restraint. As his depiction of the differences between East Egg and West Egg evidences, Fitzgerald is fascinated with the social hierarchy and mood of America in the s, when a large group of industrialists, speculators, and businessmen with brand-new fortunes joined the old, aristocratic families at the top of the economic ladder.

In this scenario, Gatsby is again an enigma— though he lives in a garishly ostentatious West Egg mansion, East Eggers freely attend his parties. Despite the tensions between the two groups, the blend of East and West Egg creates a distinctly American mood.

While the Americans at the party possess a rough vitality, the Englishmen there are set off dramatically, seeming desperate and predatory, hoping to make connections that will make them rich. Chapter III is devoted to the introduction of Gatsby and the lavish, showy world he inhabits. Fitzgerald gives Gatsby a suitably grand entrance as the aloof host of a spectacularly decadent party.

Despite this introduction, this chapter con- tinues to heighten the sense of mystery and enigma that surrounds Gatsby, as the low profile he maintains seems curiously out of place with his lavish expenditures. Just as he stood alone on his lawn in Chapter I, he now stands outside the throng of pleasure-seekers. One of his guests, Owl Eyes, is surprised to find that his books are real and not just empty covers designed to create the appearance of a great library.

Chapter III also focuses on the gap between perception and reality. Nick feels similarly conflicted about Jordan. He realizes that she is dishonest, selfish, and cynical, but he is attracted to her vitality nevertheless. Their budding relationship emphasizes the extent to which Nick becomes accli- mated to life in the East, abandoning his Midwestern values and concerns in order to take advantage of the excitement of his new surroundings.

He then describes a trip that he took to New York with Gatsby to eat lunch. As they drive to the city, Gatsby tells Nick about his past, but his story seems highly improbable.

He claims, for instance, to be the son of wealthy, deceased parents from the Midwest. When a policeman pulls Gatsby over for speeding, Gatsby shows him a white card and the policeman apologizes for bothering him. In the city, Gatsby takes Nick to lunch and introduces him to Meyer Wolfshiem, who, he claims, was responsible for fixing the World Series.

Wolfshiem is a shady character with underground business connections. After the lunch in New York, Nick sees Jordan Baker, who finally tells him the details of her mysterious conversation with Gatsby at the party. She relates that Gatsby told her that he is in love with Daisy Buchanan. According to Jordan, during the war, before Daisy married Tom, she was a beautiful young girl in Louisville, Kentucky, and all the military officers in town were in love with her.

Daisy fell in love with Lieutenant Jay Gatsby, who was stationed at the base near her home. Though she chose to marry Tom after Gatsby left for the war, Daisy drank herself into numbness the night before her wedding, after she received a letter from Gatsby.

Daisy has apparently remained faithful to her husband throughout their marriage, but Tom has not. Jordan adds that Gatsby bought his mansion in West Egg solely to be near Daisy. According to Jordan, Gatsby has asked her to convince Nick to arrange a reunion between Gatsby and Daisy.

Nick perceives that if Gatsby has connections with such shady characters as Wolfshiem, he might be involved in organized crime or bootlegging. The pervasiveness of bootlegging and organized crime, combined with the burgeoning stock market and vast increase in the wealth of the general public dur- ing this era, contributed largely to the heedless, excessive pleasure-seeking and sense of abandon that perme- ate The Great Gatsby.

For Gatsby, who throws the most sumptuous parties of all and who seems richer than anyone else, to have ties to the world of bootleg alcohol would only make him a more perfect symbol of the strange combination of moral decadence and vibrant optimism that Fitzgerald portrays as the spirit of s America. Now that Gatsby is a full-fledged character in the novel, the bizarre inner con- flict that enables Nick to feel such contradictory admiration and repulsion for him becomes fully apparent— whereas Gatsby the lovesick soldier is an attractive figure, representative of hope and authenticity, Gatsby the crooked businessman, representative of greed and moral corruption, is not.

The green light is one of the most important symbols in The Great Gatsby. Like the eyes of Doc- tor T. As Nick walks home, Gatsby startles him by approaching him from across the lawn. Gatsby seems agitated and almost desperate to make Nick happy—he invites him to Coney Island, then for a swim in his pool.

Nick realizes that Gatsby is nervous because he wants Nick to agree to his plan of inviting Daisy over for tea. Nick tells Gatsby that he will help him with the plan. He also offers him the chance to make some money by joining him in some business he does on the side—business that does not involve Meyer Wolfshiem. Gatsby worries that even if Daisy accepts his advances, things between them will not be the same as they were in Louisville.

Daisy arrives, but when Nick brings her into the house, he finds that Gatsby has suddenly disappeared. There is a knock at the door.

Gatsby enters, having returned from a walk around the house in the rain. After he leaves the two alone for half an hour, however, Nick returns to find them radiantly happy—Daisy shedding tears of joy and Gatsby glowing. Outside, the rain has stopped, and Gatsby invites Nick and Daisy over to his house, where he shows them his possessions.

Daisy is overwhelmed by his luxurious lifestyle, and when he shows her his extensive collection of English shirts, she begins to cry. Gatsby tells Daisy about his long nights spent outside, staring at the green light at the end of her dock, dreaming about their future happiness. Gatsby seems to have idealized Daisy in his mind to the extent that the real Daisy, charming as she is, will almost certainly fail to live up to his expectations.

For the moment, however, their romance seems fully rekindled. Quietly, Nick gets up and leaves Gatsby and Daisy alone together. Before this event, the story of their relationship exists only in prospect, as Gatsby moves toward a dream that no one else can discern.

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Afterward, the plot shifts its focus to the romance between Gatsby and Daisy, and the tensions in their relationship actualize themselves. The theatrical quality that he often projects falls away, and for once all of his responses seem genuine.

He forgets to play the role of the Oxford-educated socialite and shows himself to be a love-struck, awkward young man. Daisy, too, is moved to sincerity when her emotions get the better of her. One of the main qualities that Nick claims to possess, along with honesty, is tolerance. Ironically, all the while Nick is disgusted by the moral decay that he witnesses among the rich in New York. For example, Nick notes that the brewer who built the house in which Gatsby now lives tried to pay the neighbor- ing villagers to have their roofs thatched, to complement the style of the mansion.

They refused, Nick says, because Americans are obstinately unwilling to play the role of peasants. Chapter V suggests that this dream of improvement, carried to its logical conclusion, results in a superficial imitation of the old European social system that America left behind.

He worked on Lake Superior the next summer fishing for salmon and digging for clams. One day, he saw a yacht owned by Dan Cody, a wealthy copper mogul, and rowed out to warn him about an impending storm.

The grateful Cody took young Gatz, who gave his name as Jay Gatsby, on board his yacht as his per- sonal assistant. This gave Gatsby a healthy respect for the dangers of alcohol and convinced him not to become a drinker himself. Gatsby then dedicated himself to becoming a wealthy and successful man. Sloane, with whom he has been out riding.

Gatsby seems nervous and agi- tated, and tells Tom awkwardly that he knows Daisy. Gatsby invites Tom and the Sloanes to stay for dinner, but they refuse.

To be polite, they invite Gatsby to dine with them, and he accepts, not realizing the insincerity of the invitation. Though Tom has no inter- est in the party, his dislike for Gatsby causes him to want to keep an eye on Daisy. Gatsby seeks out Nick after Tom and Daisy leave the party; he is unhappy because Daisy has had such an unpleasant time.

Gatsby wants things to be exactly the same as they were before he left Louisville: Nick reminds Gatsby that he cannot re-create the past. Gatsby, distraught, protests that he can. He believes that his money can accomplish anything as far as Daisy is con- cerned. As he walks amid the debris from the party, Nick thinks about the first time Gatsby kissed Daisy, the moment when his dream of Daisy became the dominant force in his life.

Now that he has her, Nick reflects, his dream is effectively over. Analysis Chapter VI further explores the topic of social class as it relates to Gatsby. His humiliation at having to work as a janitor in col- lege contrasts with the promise that he experiences when he meets Dan Cody, who represents the attainment of everything that Gatsby wants. Acutely aware of his poverty, the young Gatsby develops a powerful obses- sion with amassing wealth and status.

He thinks of her as the sweet girl who loved him in Louisville, blinding himself to the reality that she would never desert her own class and background to be with him. Fitzgerald continues to explore the theme of social class by illustrating the contempt with which the aristo- cratic East Eggers, Tom and the Sloanes, regard Gatsby.

Even though Gatsby seems to have as much money as they do, he lacks their sense of social nuance and easy, aristocratic grace. He also fires his servants to prevent gossip and replaces them with shady individuals connected to Meyer Wolf- shiem. He finds Gatsby and Jordan Baker there as well. For her part, Daisy seems almost uninterested in her child.

Dur- ing the awkward afternoon, Gatsby and Daisy cannot hide their love for one another. Complaining of her boredom, Daisy asks Gatsby if he wants to go into the city.

Gatsby stares at her passionately, and Tom becomes certain of their feelings for each other. Under the brooding eyes of Doctor T. Eckleburg, Nick perceives that Tom and Wilson are in the same position. Gatsby responds that he did attend Oxford—for five months, in an army program following the war.

Tom claims that he and Daisy have a history that Gatsby could not possibly under- stand. He then accuses Gatsby of running a bootlegging operation. Daisy, in love with Gatsby earlier in the afternoon, feels herself moving closer and closer to Tom as she observes the quarrel. As the row quiets down, Nick realizes that it is his thirtieth birthday. Driving back to Long Island, Nick, Tom, and Jordan discover a frightening scene on the border of the val- ley of ashes. Someone has been fatally hit by an automobile.

Tom thinks that Wilson will remember the yellow car from that afternoon. He also assumes that Gatsby was the driver. Gatsby says that he has been waiting there in order to make sure that Tom did not hurt Daisy. He tells Nick that Daisy was driving when the car struck Myrtle, but that he himself will take the blame.

Still worried about Daisy, Gatsby sends Nick to check on her. Nick finds Tom and Daisy eating cold fried chicken and talking.

They have reconciled their differences, and Nick leaves Gatsby standing alone in the moonlight. Analysis Chapter VII brings the conflict between Tom and Gatsby into the open, and their confrontation over Daisy brings to the surface troubling aspects of both characters. The importance of time and the past manifests itself in the confrontation between Gatsby and Tom. Gatsby needs to know that she has always loved him, that she has always been emotionally loyal to him.

Disregarding her almost capricious lack of concern for him, Gatsby sacrifices himself for Daisy. In both cases, Gatsby stands alone in the moonlight pining for Daisy.

In the earlier instance, he stretches his arms out toward the green light across the water, optimistic about the future. Before dawn, he rises restlessly and goes to visit Gatsby at his mansion.

Nick suggests that Gatsby forget about Daisy and leave Long Island, but Gatsby refuses to consider leaving Daisy behind. Gatsby, mel- ancholy, tells Nick about courting Daisy in Louisville in He says that he loved her for her youth and vitality, and idolized her social position, wealth, and popularity.

He adds that she was the first girl to whom he ever felt close and that he lied about his background to make her believe that he was worthy of her.

Eventu- ally, he continues, he and Daisy made love, and he felt as though he had married her. She promised to wait for him when he left for the war, but then she married Tom, whose social position was solid and who had the approval of her parents. The previous day was the hottest of the summer, but autumn is in the air this morning, and the gardener worries that falling leaves will clog the pool drains. Gatsby tells the gardener to wait a day; he has never used the pool, he says, and wants to go for a swim.

Nick has stayed so long talking to Gatsby that he is very late for work. He finally says good- bye to Gatsby. As he walks away, he turns back and shouts that Gatsby is worth more than the Buchanans and all of their friends. The focus of his narrative then shifts to relate to the reader what happened at the garage after Myrtle was killed the details of which Nick learns from Michaelis: George Wilson stays up all night talking to Michaelis about Myrtle.

He tells him that before Myrtle died, he confronted her about her lover and told her that she could not hide her sin from the eyes of God. The morning after the accident, the eyes of Doctor T.

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Eckleburg, illuminated by the dawn, overwhelm Wilson. He believes they are the eyes of God and leaps to the conclusion that whoever was driving the car that killed Myrtle must have been her lover.

He decides that God demands revenge and leaves to track down the owner of the car. Wilson shoots Gatsby, killing him instantly, then shoots himself. Nick hurries back to West Egg and finds Gatsby floating dead in his pool.

The reader has already seen that Gatsby idolizes both wealth and Daisy. Nick implicitly suggests that by making the shallow, fickle Daisy the focus of his life, Gatsby surrenders his extraordinary power of visionary hope to the simple task of amassing wealth.

Although the reader is able to perceive this degradation, Gatsby is not. For him, losing Daisy is like losing his entire world. He has longed to re-create his past with her and is now forced to talk to Nick about it in a desperate attempt to keep it alive.

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Even after the confrontation with Tom, Gatsby is unable to accept that his dream is dead. Though Nick implicitly understands that Daisy is not going to leave Tom for Gatsby under any circumstance, Gatsby continues to insist that she will call him. Throughout this chapter, the narrative implicitly establishes a connection between the weather and the emotional atmosphere of the story. Just as the geographical settings of the book correspond to particular char- acters and themes, the weather corresponds to the plot.

In the same way that he clings to the hope of making Daisy love him the way she used to, he insists on swimming in the pool as though it were still summer. Gatsby has made Daisy a symbol of everything he values, and made the green light on her dock a symbol of his destiny with her.

Gatsby has invested her with beauty and meaning by making her the object of his dream. Had Gatsby not imbued her with such value, Daisy would be simply an idle, bored, rich young woman with no particular moral strength or loyalty. Eckleburg are disturbing in part because they are not the eyes of God. They have no precise, fixed meaning.

George Wilson takes Doctor T. The eyes of Doctor T. Eckleburg can mean any- thing a character or reader wants them to, but they look down on a world devoid of meaning, value, and beauty—a world in which dreams are exposed as illusions, and cruel, unfeeling men such as Tom receive the love of women longed for by dreamers such as Gatsby and Wilson. Swarms of reporters, journalists, and gossipmongers descend on the mansion in the aftermath of the murder. The latter claims that he has a social engagement in Westport and asks Nick to send along his tennis shoes.

Outraged, Nick hangs up on him. Gatz, who has come all the way from Minnesota. Henry Gatz is proud of his son and saves a picture of his house. Sick of the East and its empty values, Nick decides to move back to the Midwest. He breaks off his rela- tionship with Jordan, who suddenly claims that she has become engaged to another man. Tom tells him that he was the one who told Wilson that Gatsby owned the car that killed Myrtle, and describes how greatly he suffered when he had to give up the apartment he kept in the city for his affair.

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