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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby “I can‟t describe to you how surprised I was to find out I

loved her, old sport. I even hoped for a while that she‟d throw me over, but she didn‟t, because she was in love with me too. She thought I knew a lot because I knew different things from her. . . . Well, there I was, „way off my ambitions, getting deeper in love every minute, and all of a sudden I didn‟t care. What was the use of doing great things if I could have a better time telling her what I was going to do?” On the last afternoon before he went abroad, he sat with Daisy in his arms for a long, silent time. It was a cold fall day, with fire in the room and her cheeks flushed. Now and then she moved and he changed his arm a little, and once he kissed her dark shining hair. The afternoon had made them tranquil for a while, as if to give them a deep memory for the long parting the next day promised. They had never been closer in their month of love, nor communicated more profoundly one with another, than when she brushed silent lips against his coat‟s shoulder or when he touched the end of her fingers, gently, as though she were asleep. He did extraordinarily well in the war. He was a captain

before he went to the front, and following the Argonne battles he got his majority and the command of the divisional machine-guns. After the Armistice he tried frantically to get

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