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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby When Jordan Baker had finished telling all this we had left

the Plaza for half an hour and were driving in a victoria through Central Park. The sun had gone down behind the tall apartments of the movie stars in the West Fifties, and the clear voices of girls, already gathered like crickets on the grass, rose through the hot twilight:

“I‟m the Sheik of Araby. Your love belongs to me. At night when you‟re are asleep Into your tent I‟ll creep ——”

“It was a strange coincidence,” I said. “But it wasn‟t a coincidence at all.” “Why not?” “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just

across the bay.” Then it had not been merely the stars to which he had

aspired on that June night. He came alive to me, delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor. “He wants to know,” continued Jordan, “if you‟ll invite

Daisy to your house some afternoon and then let him come over.”

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