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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

was promoted to be a major, and every Allied government gave me a decoration — even Montenegro, little Montenegro down on the Adriatic Sea!” Little Montenegro! He lifted up the words and nodded at

them—with his smile. The smile comprehended Montenegro‟s troubled history and sympathized with the brave struggles of the Montenegrin people. It appreciated fully the chain of national circumstances which had elicited this tribute from Montenegro‟s warm little heart. My incredulity was submerged in fascination now; it was like skimming hastily through a dozen magazines. He reached in his pocket, and a piece of metal, slung on a

ribbon, fell into my palm. “That‟s the one from Montenegro.” To my astonishment, the thing had an authentic look. “Orderi di Danilo,” ran the circular legend, “Montenegro,

Nicolas Rex.” “Turn it.” “Major Jay Gatsby,” I read, “For Valour Extraordinary.” “Here‟s another thing I always carry. A souvenir of Oxford

days. It was taken in Trinity Quad —the man on my left is now the Earl of Dorcaster.”

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