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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

pursued the rest of their way in slow black rivulets. A humorous suggestion was made that she sing the notes on her face, whereupon she threw up her hands, sank into a chair, and went off into a deep vinous sleep. “She had a fight with a man who says he‟s her husband,”

explained a girl at my elbow. I looked around. Most of the remaining women were now

having fights with men said to be their husbands. Even Jordan‟s party, the quartet from East Egg, were rent asunder by dissension. One of the men was talking with curious intensity to a young actress, and his wife, after attempting to laugh at the situation in a dignified and indifferent way, broke down entirely and resorted to flank attacks — at intervals she appeared suddenly at his side like an angry diamond, and hissed: “You promised!” into his ear. The reluctance to go home was not confined to wayward

men. The hall was at present occupied by two deplorably sober men and their highly indignant wives. The wives were sympathizing with each other in slightly raised voices. “Whenever he sees I‟m having a good time he wants to go

home.” “Never heard anything so selfish in my life.” “We‟re always the first ones to leave.”

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