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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby “Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is

alive and not after he is dead,” he suggested. “After that my own rule is to let everything alone.” When I left his office the sky had turned dark and I got back

to West Egg in a drizzle. After changing my clothes I went next door and found Mr. Gatz walking up and down excitedly in the hall. His pride in his son and in his son‟s possessions was continually increasing and now he had something to show me. “Jimmy sent me this picture.” He took out his wallet with

trembling fingers. “Look there.” It was a photograph of the house, cracked in the corners and

dirty with many hands. He pointed out every detail to me eagerly. “Look there!” and then sought admiration from my eyes. He had shown it so often that I think it was more real to him now than the house itself. “Jimmy sent it to me. I think it‟s a very pretty picture. It

shows up well.” “Very well. Had you seen him lately?” “He come out to see me two years ago and bought me the

house I live in now. Of course we was broke up when he run off from home, but I see now there was a reason for it. He knew he had a big future in front of him. And ever since he made a success he was very generous with me.” He seemed reluctant

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