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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby The modesty of the demand shook me. He had waited five

years and bought a mansion where he dispensed starlight to casual moths — so that he could “come over.” some afternoon to a stranger‟s garden. “Did I have to know all this before he could ask such a little

thing?” “He‟s afraid, he‟s waited so long. He thought you might be

offended. You see, he‟s a regular tough underneath it all.” Something worried me. “Why didn‟t he ask you to arrange a meeting?” “He wants her to see his house,” she explained. “And your

house is right next door.” “Oh!” “I think he half expected her to wander into one of his

parties, some night,” went on Jordan, “but she never did. Then he began asking people casually if they knew her, and I was the first one he found. It was that night he sent for me at his dance, and you should have heard the elaborate way he worked up to it. Of course, I immediately suggested a luncheon in New York —and I thought he‟d go mad: “„I don‟t want to do anything out of the way!‟ he kept saying. „I want to see her right next door.‟

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