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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable

East Egg glittered along the water, and the history of the summer really begins on the evening I drove over there to have dinner with the Tom Buchanans. Daisy was my second cousin once removed, and I‟d known Tom in college. And just after the war I spent two days with them in Chicago. Her husband, among various physical accomplishments,

had been one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven — a national figure in a way, one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savors of anti-climax. His family were enormously wealthy — even in college his freedom with money was a matter for reproach — but now he‟d left Chicago and come East in a fashion that rather took your breath away: for instance, he‟d brought down a string of polo ponies from Lake Forest. it was hard to realize that a man in my own generation was wealthy enough to do that. Why they came East I don‟t know. They had spent a year in

France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together. This was a permanent move, said Daisy over the telephone, but I didn‟t believe it — I had no sight into Daisy‟s heart, but I felt that Tom would drift on forever seeking, a little

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