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F. Scott Fitzgerald CHAPTER 6

About this time an ambitious young reporter from New York arrived one morning at Gatsby‟s door and asked him if he had anything to say. “Anything to say about what?” inquired Gatsby politely. “Why —any statement to give out.” It transpired after a confused five minutes that the man had

heard Gatsby‟s name around his office in a connection which he either wouldn‟t reveal or didn‟t fully understand. This was his day off and with laudable initiative he had hurried out “to see.” It was a random shot, and yet the reporter‟s instinct was

right. Gatsby‟s notoriety, spread about by the hundreds who had accepted his hospitality and so become authorities on his past, had increased all summer until he fell just short of being news. Contemporary legends such as the “underground pipe- line to Canada.” attached themselves to him, and there was one persistent story that he didn‟t live in a house at all, but in a boat that looked like a house and was moved secretly up and down the Long Island shore. Just why these inventions were a source of satisfaction to James Gatz of North Dakota, isn‟t easy to say. James Gatz — that was really, or at least legally, his name. He had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific

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