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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby Rather ashamed that on my first appearance I had stayed so

late, I joined the last of Gatsby‟s guests, who were clustered around him. I wanted to explain that I‟d hunted for him early in the evening and to apologize for not having known him in the garden. “Don‟t mention it,” he enjoined me eagerly. “Don‟t give it

another thought, old sport.” The familiar expression held no more familiarity than the hand which reassuringly brushed my shoulder. “And don‟t forget we‟re going up in the hydroplane to-morrow morning, at nine o‟clock.” Then the butler, behind his shoulder: “Philadelphia wants

you on the „phone, sir.” “All right, in a minute. Tell them I‟ll be right there. . . . good

night.” “Good night.” “Good night.” He smiled — and suddenly there seemed to

be a pleasant significance in having been among the last to go, as if he had desired it all the time. “Good night, old sport. . . . good night.” But as I walked down the steps I saw that the evening was

not quite over. Fifty feet from the door a dozen headlights illuminated a bizarre and tumultuous scene. In the ditch beside the road, right side up, but violently shorn of one wheel, rested

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