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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

thought it would steady her to drive —and this woman rushed out at us just as we were passing a car coming the other way. It all happened in a minute, but it seemed to me that she wanted to speak to us, thought we were somebody she knew. Well, first Daisy turned away from the woman toward the other car, and then she lost her nerve and turned back. The second my hand reached the wheel I felt the shock — it must have killed her instantly.” “It ripped her open ——” “Don‟t tell me, old sport.” He winced. “Anyhow — Daisy

stepped on it. I tried to make her stop, but she couldn‟t, so I pulled on the emergency brake. Then she fell over into my lap and I drove on. “She‟ll be all right to-morrow,” he said presently. “I‟m just

going to wait here and see if he tries to bother her about that unpleasantness this afternoon. She‟s locked herself into her room, and if he tries any brutality she‟s going to turn the light out and on again.” “He won‟t touch her,‟ I said. “He‟s not thinking about her.” “I don‟t trust him, old sport.” “How long are you going to wait?” “All night, if necessary. Anyhow, till they all go to bed.”

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