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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby “That‟s true.” She hesitated. “Well, I‟ve had a very bad time,

Nick, and I‟m pretty cynical about everything.” Evidently she had reason to be. I waited but she didn‟t say

any more, and after a moment I returned rather feebly to the subject of her daughter. “I suppose she talks, and —eats, and everything.” “Oh, yes.” She looked at me absently. “Listen, Nick; let me

tell you what I said when she was born. Would you like to hear?” “Very much.” “It‟ll show you how I‟ve gotten to feel about —things. Well,

she was less than an hour old and Tom was God knows where. I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling, and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. „all right,‟ I said, „I‟m glad it‟s a girl. And I hope she‟ll be a fool — that‟s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” “You see I think everything‟s terrible anyhow,” she went on

in a convinced way. “Everybody thinks so — the most advanced people. And I KNOW. I‟ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything.” Her eyes flashed

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