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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby I said lightly that I had heard nothing at all, and a few

minutes later I got up to go home. They came to the door with me and stood side by side in a cheerful square of light. As I started my motor Daisy peremptorily called: “Wait!” “I forgot to ask you something, and it‟s important. We

heard you were engaged to a girl out West.” “That‟s right,” corroborated Tom kindly. “We heard that

you were engaged.” “It‟s libel. I‟m too poor.” “But we heard it,” insisted Daisy, surprising me by opening

up again in a flower-like way. “We heard it from three people, so it must be true.” Of course I knew what they were referring to, but I wasn‟t

even vaguely engaged. The fact that gossip had published the banns was one of the reasons I had come East. You can‟t stop going with an old friend on account of rumors, and on the other hand I had no intention of being rumored into marriage. Their interest rather touched me and made them less

remotely rich — nevertheless, I was confused and a little disgusted as I drove away. It seemed to me that the thing for Daisy to do was to rush out of the house, child in arms — but apparently there were no such intentions in her head. As for Tom, the fact that he “had some woman in New York.” was

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