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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

where he bought a sandwich that he didn‟t eat, and a cup of coffee. He must have been tired and walking slowly, for he didn‟t reach Gad‟s Hill until noon. Thus far there was no difficulty in accounting for his time — there were boys who had seen a man “acting sort of crazy,” and motorists at whom he stared oddly from the side of the road. Then for three hours he disappeared from view. The police, on the strength of what he said to Michaelis, that he “had a way of finding out,” supposed that he spent that time going from garage to garage thereabout, inquiring for a yellow car. On the other hand, no garage man who had seen him ever came forward, and perhaps he had an easier, surer way of finding out what he wanted to know. By half-past two he was in West Egg, where he asked someone the way to Gatsby‟s house. So by that time he knew Gatsby‟s name. At two o‟clock Gatsby put on his bathing-suit and left word

with the butler that if any one phoned word was to be brought to him at the pool. He stopped at the garage for a pneumatic mattress that had amused his guests during the summer, and the chauffeur helped him pump it up. Then he gave instructions that the open car wasn‟t to be taken out under any circumstances — and this was strange, because the front right fender needed repair.

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