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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

open the French windows of the drawing-room, we sat smoking out into the darkness. “You ought to go away,” I said. “It‟s pretty certain they‟ll

trace your car.” “Go away NOW, old sport?” “Go to Atlantic City for a week, or up to Montreal.” He wouldn‟t consider it. He couldn‟t possibly leave Daisy

until he knew what she was going to do. He was clutching at some last hope and I couldn‟t bear to shake him free. It was this night that he told me the strange story of his

youth with Dan Cody — told it to me because “Jay Gatsby.” had broken up like glass against Tom‟s hard malice, and the long secret extravaganza was played out. I think that he would have acknowledged anything now, without reserve, but he wanted to talk about Daisy. She was the first “nice” girl he had ever known. In various

unrevealed capacities he had come in contact with such people, but always with indiscernible barbed wire between. He found her excitingly desirable. He went to her house, at first with other officers from Camp Taylor, then alone. It amazed him — he had never been in such a beautiful house before. but what gave it an air of breathless intensity, was that Daisy lived there —it was as casual a thing to her as his tent out at camp was to

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