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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby “Why ——” she said hesitantly, “Tom‟s got some woman in

New York.” “Got some woman?” I repeated blankly. Miss Baker nodded. “She might have the decency not to telephone him at dinner

time. Don‟t you think?” Almost before I had grasped her meaning there was the

flutter of a dress and the crunch of leather boots, and Tom and Daisy were back at the table. “It couldn‟t be helped!” cried Daisy with tense gaiety. She sat down, glanced searchingly at Miss Baker and then at

me, and continued: “I looked outdoors for a minute, and it‟s very romantic outdoors. There‟s a bird on the lawn that I think must be a nightingale come over on the Cunard or White Star Line. He‟s singing away ——” Her voice sang: “It‟s romantic, isn‟t it, Tom?” “Very romantic,” he said, and then miserably to me: “If it‟s

light enough after dinner, I want to take you down to the stables.” The telephone rang inside, startlingly, and as Daisy shook

her head decisively at Tom the subject of the stables, in fact all subjects, vanished into air. Among the broken fragments of the last five minutes at table I remember the candles being lit again,

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