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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

sender was leaving immediately and to postpone the funeral until he came. It was Gatsby‟s father, a solemn old man, very helpless and

dismayed, bundled up in a long cheap ulster against the warm September day. His eyes leaked continuously with excitement, and when I took the bag and umbrella from his hands he began to pull so incessantly at his sparse gray beard that I had difficulty in getting off his coat. He was on the point of collapse, so I took him into the music room and made him sit down while I sent for something to eat. But he wouldn‟t eat, and the glass of milk spilled from his trembling hand. “I saw it in the Chicago newspaper,” he said. “It was all in

the Chicago newspaper. I started right away.” “I didn‟t know how to reach you.” His eyes, seeing nothing,

moved ceaselessly about the room. “It was a madman,” he said. “He must have been mad.” “Wouldn‟t you like some coffee?” I urged him. “I don‟t want anything. I‟m all right now, Mr.——” “Carraway.” “Well, I‟m all right now. Where have they got Jimmy?” I

took him into the drawing-room, where his son lay, and left him there. Some little boys had come up on the steps and were

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