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F. Scott Fitzgerald CHAPTER 8

I couldn‟t sleep all night; a fog-horn was groaning incessantly on the Sound, and I tossed half-sick between grotesque reality and savage, frightening dreams. Toward dawn I heard a taxi go up Gatsby‟s drive, and immediately I jumped out of bed and began to dress — I felt that I had something to tell him, something to warn himabout, and morning would be too late. Crossing his lawn, I saw that his front door was still open

and he was leaning against a table in the hall, heavy with dejection or sleep. “Nothing happened,” he said wanly. “I waited, and about

four o‟clock she came to the window and stood there for a minute and then turned out the light.” His house had never seemed so enormous to me as it did

that night when we hunted through the great rooms for cigarettes. We pushed aside curtains that were like pavilions, and felt over innumerable feet of dark wall for electric light switches — once I tumbled with a sort of splash upon the keys of a ghostly piano. There was an inexplicable amount of dust everywhere, and the rooms were musty, as though they hadn‟t been aired for many days. I found the humidor on an unfamiliar table, with two stale, dry cigarettes inside. Throwing

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