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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

Tom Buchanan and Mrs. Wilson stood face to face discussing, in impassioned voices, whether Mrs. Wilson had any right to mention Daisy‟s name. “Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!” shouted Mrs. Wilson. “I‟ll say it

whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai——” Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her

nose with his open hand. Then there were bloody towels upon the bath-room floor,

and women‟s voices scolding, and high over the confusion a long broken wail of pain. Mr. McKee awoke from his doze and started in a daze toward the door. When he had gone half way he turned around and stared at the scene — his wife and Catherine scolding and consoling as they stumbled here and there among the crowded furniture with articles of aid, and the despairing figure on the couch, bleeding fluently, and trying to spread a copy of TOWN TATTLE. over the tapestry scenes of Versailles. Then Mr. McKee turned and continued on out the door. Taking my hat from the chandelier, I followed. “Come to lunch some day,” he suggested, as we groaned

down in the elevator. “Where?” “Anywhere.” “Keep your hands off the lever,” snapped the elevator boy.

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