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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby I think we all believed for a moment that it had smashed in

pieces on the floor. “We haven‟t met for many years,” said Daisy, her voice as

matter-of-fact as it could ever be. “Five years next November.” The automatic quality of Gatsby‟s answer set us all back at

least another minute. I had them both on their feet with the desperate suggestion that they help me make tea in the kitchen when the demoniac Finn brought it in on a tray. Amid the welcome confusion of cups and cakes a certain

physical decency established itself. Gatsby got himself into a shadow and, while Daisy and I talked, looked conscientiously from one to the other of us with tense, unhappy eyes. However, as calmness wasn‟t an end in itself, I made an excuse at the first possible moment, and got to my feet. “Where are you going?” demanded Gatsby in immediate

alarm. “I‟ll be back.” “I‟ve got to speak to you about something before you go.” He followed me wildly into the kitchen, closed the door,

and whispered: “Oh, God!” in a miserable way. “What‟s the matter?”

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