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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

“He just saw the opportunity.” “Why isn‟t he in jail?” “They can‟t get him, old sport. He‟s a smart man.” I insisted on paying the check. As the waiter brought my

change I caught sight of Tom Buchanan across the crowded room. “Come along with me for a minute,” I said; “I‟ve got to say

hello to some one.” When he saw us Tom jumped up and took half a dozen steps in our direction. “Where‟ve you been?” he demamded eagerly. “Daisy‟s

furious because you haven‟t called up.” “This is Mr. Gatsby, Mr. Buchanan.” They shook hands briefly, and a strained, unfamiliar look of

embarrassment came over Gatsby‟s face. “How‟ve you been, anyhow?” demanded Tom of me.

“How‟d you happen to come up this far to eat?” “I‟ve been having lunch with Mr. Gatsby.” I turned toward Mr. Gatsby, but he was no longer there. One October day in nineteen-seventeen—— (said Jordan Baker that afternoon, sitting up very straight

on a straight chair in the tea-garden at the Plaza Hotel) — I was walking along from one place to another, half on the sidewalks and half on the lawns. I was happier on the

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