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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

walls. A white ashen dust veiled his dark suit and his pale hair as it veiled everything in the vicinity — except his wife, who moved close to Tom. “I want to see you,” said Tom intently. “Get on the next

train.” “All right.” “I‟ll meet you by the news-stand on the lower level.” She

nodded and moved away from him just as George Wilson emerged with two chairs from his office door. We waited for her down the road and out of sight. It was a

few days before the Fourth of July, and a gray, scrawny Italian child was setting torpedoes in a row along the railroad track. “Terrible place, isn‟t it,” said Tom, exchanging a frown with

Doctor Eckleburg. “Awful.” “It does her good to get away.” “Doesn‟t her husband object?” “Wilson? He thinks she goes to see her sister in New York.

He‟s so dumb he doesn‟t know he‟s alive.” So Tom Buchanan and his girl and I went up together to

New York — or not quite together, for Mrs. Wilson sat discreetly in another car. Tom deferred that much to the sensibilities of those East Eggers who might be on the train.

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