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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby “You don‟t have to tell me what kind of car it was! I know

what kind of car it was!” Watching Tom, I saw the wad of muscle back of his

shoulder tighten under his coat. He walked quickly over to Wilson and, standing in front of him, seized him firmly by the upper arms. “You‟ve got to pull yourself together,” he said with

soothing gruffness. Wilson‟s eyes fell upon Tom; he started up on his tiptoes

and then would have collapsed to his knees had not Tom held him upright. “Listen,” said Tom, shaking him a little. “I just got here a

minute ago, from New York. I was bringing you that coupe we‟ve been talking about. That yellow car I was driving this afternoon wasn‟t mine — do you hear? I haven‟t seen it all afternoon.” Only the negro and I were near enough to hear what he

said, but the policeman caught something in the tone and looked over with truculent eyes. “What‟s all that?” he demanded. “I‟m a friend of his.” Tom turned his head but kept his

hands firm on Wilson‟s body. “He says he knows the car that did it . . . it was a yellow car.”

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