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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

“Next door.” “That so?” Mr. Sloane didn‟t enter into the conversation, but lounged

back haughtily in his chair; the woman said nothing either — until unexpectedly, after two highballs, she became cordial. “We‟ll all come over to your next party, Mr. Gatsby,” she

suggested. “What do you say?” “Certainly; I‟d be delighted to have you.” “Be ver‟ nice,” said Mr. Sloane, without gratitude. “Well —

think ought to be starting home.” “Please don‟t hurry,” Gatsby urged them. He had control of

himself now, and he wanted to see more of Tom. “Why don‟t you —why don‟t you stay for supper? I wouldn‟t be surprised if some other people dropped in from New York.” “You come to supper with ME,” said the lady

enthusiastically. “Both of you.” This included me. Mr. Sloane got to his feet. “Come along,” he said —but to her only. “I mean it,” she insisted. “I‟d love to have you. Lots of

room.” Gatsby looked at me questioningly. He wanted to go, and

he didn‟t see that Mr. Sloane had determined he shouldn‟t. “I‟m afraid I won‟t be able to,” I said.

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