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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby Half a dozen fingers pointed at the amputated wheel — he

stared at it for a moment, and then looked upward as though he suspected that it had dropped from the sky. “It came off,” some one explained. He nodded. “At first I din‟ notice we‟d stopped.” A pause. Then, taking a long breath and straightening his

shoulders, he remarked in a determined voice: “Wonder‟ff tell me where there‟s a gas‟line station?” At least a dozen men, some of them little better off than he

was, explained to him that wheel and car were no longer joined by any physical bond. “Back out,” he suggested after a moment. “Put her in

reverse.” “But the WHEEL‟S off!” He hesitated. “No harm in trying,” he said. The caterwauling horns had reached a crescendo and I

turned away and cut across the lawn toward home. I glanced back once. A wafer of a moon was shining over Gatsby‟s house, making the night fine as before, and surviving the laughter and the sound of his still glowing garden. A sudden emptiness seemed to flow now from the windows and the great doors,

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