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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby “Just last year. I went over there with another girl.” “Stay

long?” “No, we just went to Monte Carlo and back. We went by

way of Marseilles. We had over twelve hundred dollars when we started, but we got gypped out of it all in two days in the private rooms. We had an awful time getting back, I can tell you. God, how I hated that town!” The late afternoon sky bloomed in the window for a

moment like the blue honey of the Mediterranean — then the shrill voice of Mrs. McKee called me back into the room. “I almost made a mistake, too,” she declared vigorously. “I

almost married a little kyke who‟d been after me for years. I knew he was below me. Everybody kept saying to me: „Lucille, that man‟s „way below you!‟ But if I hadn‟t met Chester, he‟d of got me sure.” “Yes, but listen,” said Myrtle Wilson, nodding her head up

and down, “at least you didn‟t marry him.” “I know I didn‟t.” “Well, I married him,” said Myrtle, ambiguously. “And

that‟s the difference between your case and mine.” “Why did you, Myrtle?” demanded Catherine. “Nobody

forced you to.” Myrtle considered.

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