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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby As soon as I arrived I made an attempt to find my host, but

the two or three people of whom I asked his whereabouts stared at me in such an amazed way, and denied so vehemently any knowledge of his movements, that I slunk off in the direction of the cocktail table — the only place in the garden where a single man could linger without looking purposeless and alone. I was on my way to get roaring drunk from sheer

embarrassment when Jordan Baker came out of the house and stood at the head of the marble steps, leaning a little backward and looking with contemptuous interest down into the garden. Welcome or not, I found it necessary to attach myself to

some one before I should begin to address cordial remarks to the passers-by. “Hello!” I roared, advancing toward her. My voice seemed

unnaturally loud across the garden. “I thought you might be here,” she responded absently as I

came up. “I remembered you lived next door to ——” She held my hand impersonally, as a promise that she‟d take care of me in a minute, and gave ear to two girls in twin yellow dresses, who stopped at the foot of the steps. “Hello!” they cried together. “Sorry you didn‟t win.”

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