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F. Scott Fitzgerald CHAPTER 7

It was when curiosity about Gatsby was at its highest that the lights in his house failed to go on one Saturday night —and, as obscurely as it had begun, his career as Trimalchio was over. Only gradually did I become aware that the automobiles which turned expectantly into his drive stayed for just a minute and then drove sulkily away. Wondering if he were sick I went over to find out — an unfamiliar butler with a villainous face squinted at me suspiciously from the door. “Is Mr. Gatsby sick?” “Nope.” After a pause he added “sir.” in a dilatory,

grudging way. “I hadn‟t seen him around, and I was rather worried. Tell

him Mr. Carraway came over.” “Who?” he demanded rudely. “Carraway.” “Carraway. All right, I‟ll tell him.” Abruptly he slammed

the door. My Finn informed me that Gatsby had dismissed every

servant in his house a week ago and replaced them with half a dozen others, who never went into West Egg Village to be bribed by the tradesmen, but ordered moderate supplies over the telephone. The grocery boy reported that the kitchen looked

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