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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby The man peered doubtfully into the basket, plunged in his

hand and drew one up, wriggling, by the back of the neck. “That‟s no police dog,” said Tom. “No, it‟s not exactly a polICE dog,” said the man with

disappointment in his voice. “It‟s more of an Airedale.” He passed his hand over the brown wash-rag of a back. “Look at that coat. Some coat. That‟s a dog that‟ll never bother you with catching cold.” “I think it‟s cute,” said Mrs. Wilson enthusiastically. “How

much is it?” “That dog?” He looked at it admiringly. “That dog will cost

you ten dollars.” The Airedale — undoubtedly there was an Airedale

concerned in it somewhere, though its feet were startlingly white — changed hands and settled down into Mrs. Wilson‟s lap, where she fondled the weather-proof coat with rapture. “Is it a boy or a girl?” she asked delicately. “That dog? That dog‟s a boy.” “It‟s a bitch,” said Tom decisively. “Here‟s your money. Go

and buy ten more dogs with it.” We drove over to Fifth Avenue, so warm and soft, almost pastoral, on the summer Sunday afternoon that I wouldn‟t have

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