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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby “Well, it‟s a fine book, and everybody ought to read it. The

idea is if we don‟t look out the white race will be — will be utterly submerged. It‟s all scientific stuff; it‟s been proved.” “Tom‟s getting very profound,” said Daisy, with an

expression of unthoughtful sadness. “He reads deep books with long words in them. What was that word we ——” “Well, these books are all scientific,” insisted Tom, glancing

at her impatiently. “This fellow has worked out the whole thing. It‟s up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things.” “We‟ve got to beat them down,” whispered Daisy, winking

ferociously toward the fervent sun. “You ought to live in California —” began Miss Baker, but

Tom interrupted her by shifting heavily in his chair. “This idea is that we‟re Nordics. I am, and you are, and you

are, and ——” After an infinitesimal hesitation he included Daisy with a slight nod, and she winked at me again. “— And we‟ve produced all the things that go to make civilization — oh, science and art, and all that. Do you see?” There was something pathetic in his concentration, as if his

complacency, more acute than of old, was not enough to him any more. When, almost immediately, the telephone rang

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