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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

What would happen now in the dim, incalculable hours? Perhaps some unbelievable guest would arrive, a person infinitely rare and to be marvelled at, some authentically radiant young girl who with one fresh glance at Gatsby, one moment of magical encounter, would blot out those five years of unwavering devotion. I stayed late that night, Gatsby asked me to wait until he

was free, and I lingered in the garden until the inevitable swimming party had run up, chilled and exalted, from the black beach, until the lights were extinguished in the guest- rooms overhead. When he came down the steps at last the tanned skin was drawn unusually tight on his face, and his eyes were bright and tired. “She didn‟t like it,” he said immediately. “Of course she did.” “She didn‟t like it,” he insisted. “She didn‟t have a good

time.” He was silent, and I guessed at his unutterable depression. “I feel far away from her,” he said. “It‟s hard to make her

understand.” “You mean about the dance?”

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