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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

would I tell them that she couldn‟t come that day? The officer looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at sometime, and because it seemed romantic to me I have remembered the incident ever since. His name was Jay Gatsby, and I didn‟t lay eyes on him again for over four years — even after I‟d met him on Long Island I didn‟t realize it was the same man. That was nineteen-seventeen. By the next year I had a few

beaux myself, and I began to play in tournaments, so I didn‟t see Daisy very often. She went with a slightly older crowd — when she went with anyone at all. Wild rumors were circulating about her—how her mother had found her packing her bag one winter night to go to New York and say good-by to a soldier who was going overseas. She was effectually prevented, but she wasn‟t on speaking terms with her family for several weeks. After that she didn‟t play around with the soldiers any more, but only with a few flat-footed, short- sighted young men in town, who couldn‟t get into the army at all.

By the next autumn she was gay again, gay as ever. She had

a debut after the Armistice, and in February she was presumably engaged to a man from New Orleans. In June she married Tom Buchanan of Chicago, with more pomp and

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