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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

“Why‟s that?” “Nobody‟s coming to tea. It‟s too late!” He looked at his

watch as if there was some pressing demand on his time elsewhere. “I can‟t wait all day.” “Don‟t be silly; it‟s just two minutes to four.” He sat down miserably, as if I had pushed him, and

simultaneously there was the sound of a motor turning into my lane. We both jumped up, and, a little harrowed myself, I went out into the yard. Under the dripping bare lilac-trees a large open car was

coming up the drive. It stopped. Daisy‟s face, tipped sideways beneath a three-cornered lavender hat, looked out at me with a bright ecstatic smile. “Is this absolutely where you live, my dearest one?” The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the

rain. I had to follow the sound of it for a moment, up and down, with my ear alone, before any words came through. A damp streak of hair lay like a dash of blue paint across her cheek, and her hand was wet with glistening drops as I took it to help her from the car. “Are you in love with me,” she said low in my ear, “or why did I have to come alone?”

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