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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby “He was probably bumming his way home. He told me he

was president of your class at Yale.” Tom and I looked at each other blankly. “Biloxi?” “First place, we didn‟t have any president——” Gatsby‟s foot beat a short, restless tattoo and Tom eyed him

suddenly. “By the way, Mr. Gatsby, I understand you‟re an Oxford

man.” “Not exactly.” “Oh, yes, I understand you went to Oxford.” “Yes —I went there.” A pause. Then Tom‟s voice, incredulous and insulting: “You

must have gone there about the time Biloxi went to New Haven.” Another pause. A waiter knocked and came in with crushed

mint and ice but, the silence was unbroken by his “thank you.” and the soft closing of the door. This tremendous detail was to be cleared up at last. “I told you I went there,” said Gatsby. “I heard you, but I‟d like to know when.” “It was in nineteen-nineteen, I only stayed five months. That‟s why I can‟t really call myself an Oxford man.”

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