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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby Let me know about the funeral etc. do not know his family at all. When the phone rang that afternoon and Long Distance

said Chicago was calling I thought this would be Daisy at last. But the connection came through as a man‟s voice, very thin and far away. “This is Slagle speaking . . .” “Yes?” The name was unfamiliar. “Hell of a note, isn‟t it? Get my wire?” “There haven‟t been any wires.” “Young Parke‟s in trouble,” he said rapidly. “They picked

him up when he handed the bonds over the counter. They got a circular from New York giving ‟em the numbers just five minutes before. What d‟you know about that, hey? You never can tell in these hick towns ——” “Hello!” I interrupted breathlessly. “Look here — this isn‟t

Mr. Gatsby. Mr. Gatsby‟s dead.” There was a long silence on the other end of the wire,

followed by an exclamation . . . then a quick squawk as the connection was broken. I think it was on the third day that a telegram signed Henry C. Gatz arrived from a town in Minnesota. It said only that the

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