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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby I spent my Saturday nights in New York because those

gleaming, dazzling parties of his were with me so vividly that I could still hear the music and the laughter, faint and incessant, from his garden, and the cars going up and down his drive. One night I did hear a material car there, and saw its lights stop at his front steps. But I didn‟t investigate. Probably it was some final guest who had been away at the ends of the earth and didn‟t know that the party was over. On the last night, with my trunk packed and my car sold to

the grocer, I went over and looked at that huge incoherent failure of a house once more. On the white steps an obscene word, scrawled by some boy with a piece of brick, stood out clearly in the moonlight, and I erased it, drawing my shoe raspingly along the stone. Then I wandered down to the beach and sprawled out on the sand. Most of the big shore places were closed now and there

were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors‟ eyes — a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby‟s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all

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