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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby I tried to go then, but they wouldn‟t hear of it; perhaps my

presence made them feel more satisfactorily alone. “I know what we‟ll do,” said Gatsby, “we‟ll have

Klipspringer play the piano.” He went out of the room calling “Ewing!” and returned in a

few minutes accompanied by an embarrassed, slightly worn young man, with shell-rimmed glasses and scanty blond hair. He was now decently clothed in a “sport shirt,” open at the neck, sneakers, and duck trousers of a nebulous hue. “Did we interrupt your exercises?” inquired Daisy politely. “I was asleep,” cried Mr. Klipspringer, in a spasm of

embarrassment. “That is, I‟d BEEN asleep. Then I got up. . . .” “Klipspringer plays the piano,” said Gatsby, cutting him off.

“Don‟t you, Ewing, old sport?” “I don‟t play well. I don‟t — I hardly play at all. I‟m all out

of prac ——” “We‟ll go down-stairs,” interrupted Gatsby. He flipped a

switch. The gray windows disappeared as the house glowed full of light. In the music-room Gatsby turned on a solitary lamp beside

the piano. He lit Daisy‟s cigarette from a trembling match, and sat down with her on a couch far across the room, where there

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