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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

“common but pretty,” and I knew that except for the half-hour she‟d been alone with Gatsby she wasn‟t having a good time. We were at a particularly tipsy table. That was my fault —

Gatsby had been called to the phone, and I‟d enjoyed these same people only two weeks before. But what had amused me then turned septic on the air now. “How do you feel, Miss Baedeker?” The girl addressed was trying, unsuccessfully, to slump

against my shoulder. At this inquiry she sat up and opened her eyes. “Wha‟?” A massive and lethargic woman, who had been urging

Daisy to play golf with her at the local club to-morrow, spoke in Miss Baedeker‟s defence: “Oh, she‟s all right now. When she‟s had five or six cocktails

she always starts screaming like that. I tell her she ought to leave it alone.” “I do leave it alone,” affirmed the accused hollowly. “We heard you yelling, so I said to Doc Civet here: „There‟s

somebody that needs your help, Doc.‟” “She‟s much obliged, I‟m sure,” said another friend,

without gratitude. “But you got her dress all wet when you stuck her head in the pool.”

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