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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby “I love to see you at my table, Nick. You remind me of a —

of a rose, an absolute rose. Doesn‟t he?” She turned to Miss Baker for confirmation: “An absolute rose?” This was untrue. I am not even faintly like a rose. She was

only extemporizing, but a stirring warmth flowed from her, as if her heart was trying to come out to you concealed in one of those breathless, thrilling words. Then suddenly she threw her napkin on the table and excused herself and went into the house. Miss Baker and I exchanged a short glance consciously

devoid of meaning. I was about to speak when she sat up alertly and said “Sh!” in a warning voice. A subdued impassioned murmur was audible in the room beyond, and Miss Baker leaned forward unashamed, trying to hear. The murmur trembled on the verge of coherence, sank down, mounted excitedly, and then ceased altogether. “This Mr. Gatsby you spoke of is my neighbor——” I said. “Don‟t talk. I want to hear what happens.” “Is something happening?” I inquired innocently. “You mean to say you don‟t know?” said Miss Baker,

honestly surprised. “I thought everybody knew.” “I don‟t.”

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