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F. Scott Fitzgerald CHAPTER 5

When I came home to West Egg that night I was afraid for a moment that my house was on fire. Two o‟clock and the whole corner of the peninsula was blazing with light, which fell unreal on the shrubbery and made thin elongating glints upon the roadside wires. Turning a corner, I saw that it was Gatsby‟s house, lit from tower to cellar. At first I thought it was another party, a wild rout that had

resolved itself into “hide-and-go-seek.” or “sardines-in-the- box.” with all the house thrown open to the game. But there wasn‟t a sound. Only wind in the trees, which blew the wires and made the lights go off and on again as if the house had winked into the darkness. As my taxi groaned away I saw Gatsby walking toward me across his lawn. “Your place looks like the World‟s Fair,” I said. “Does it?” He turned his eyes toward it absently. “I have

been glancing into some of the rooms. Let‟s go to Coney Island, old sport. In my car.” “It‟s too late.” “Well, suppose we take a plunge in the swimming-pool? I

haven‟t made use of it all summer.” “I‟ve got to go to bed.” “All right.”

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