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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

around her in a defiant way, rather like Tom‟s, and she laughed with thrilling scorn. “Sophisticated —God, I‟m sophisticated!” The instant her voice broke off, ceasing to compel my

attention, my belief, I felt the basic insincerity of what she had said. It made me uneasy, as though the whole evening had been a trick of some sort to exact a contributory emotion from me. I waited, and sure enough, in a moment she looked at me with an absolute smirk on her lovely face, as if she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged. Inside, the crimson room bloomed with light. Tom and Miss Baker sat at either end of the long couch and

she read aloud to him from the SATURDAY EVENING POST.— the words, murmurous and uninflected, running together in a soothing tune. The lamp-light, bright on his boots and dull on the autumn-leaf yellow of her hair, glinted along the paper as she turned a page with a flutter of slender muscles in her arms. When we came in she held us silent for a moment with a

lifted hand. “To be continued,” she said, tossing the magazine on the table, “in our very next issue.”

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