○ The morning after the accident, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg, i lluminated by the dawn, overwhelmed Wilson ○ George Wilson believes they are the eyes of God and leaps to the conclusion that whoever was driving the car that killed Myrtle must have been her lover ■ He decides that God demands revenge and leaves to track down the owner of the car ● He looks for Tom, because he knows that Tom is familiar with the car’s owner
○ he saw Tom driving the car earlier that day but knows Tom could not have been the driver since Tom arrived after the accident in a different car with Nick and Jordan ● Wilson eventually goes to Gatsby’s house, where he finds Gatsby lying on an air mattress in the pool, floating in the water and looking up at the sky ● Wilson shoots Gatsby, killing him instantly, then shoots himself ● Nick hurries back to West Egg and finds Gatsby floating dead in his pool ● Nick imagines Gatsby’s final thoughts, and pictures him disillusioned by the meaninglessness and emptiness of life without Daisy, without his dream Chapter 9 ● Writing two years after Gatsby’s death Nick describes the events that surrounded the funeral ● Swarms of reporters, journalists, and gossipmongers descend on the mansion in the aftermath of the murder ○ Wild, untrue stories, more exaggerated than the rumors about Gatsby when he was throwing his parties, circulate about the nature of Gatsby’s relationship to Myrtle and Wilson ● Feeling that Gatsby would not want to go through a funeral alone, Nick tries to hold a large funeral for him ○ but all of Gatsby’s former friends and acquaintances have either disappeared or refuse to come, like Meyer Wolfshiem and Klipspringer ● Tom and Daisy, for instance, move away with no forwarding address ● The latter claims that he has a social engagement in Westport and asks Nick to send along his tennis shoes. ○ Outraged, Nick hangs up on him ● The only people to attend the funeral are Nick, Owl Eyes, a few servants, and Gatsby’s father, Henry C. Gatz, who has come all the way from Minnesota ● Henry Gatz is proud of his son and saves a picture of his house ● He also fills Nick in on Gatsby’s early life, showing him a book in which a young Gatsby had written a schedule for self-improvement ● Sick of the East and its empty values, Nick decides to move back to the Midwest ● Nick breaks off his relationship with Jordan, who suddenly claims that she has become engaged to another man ● Nick encounters Tom on Fifth Avenue in New York City ○ Nick initially refuses to shake Tom’s hand but eventually accepts ● Tom tells Nick that he was the one who told Wilson that Gatsby owned the car that killed Myrtle ○ Tom describes how greatly he suffered when he had to give up the apartment he kept in the city for his affair ● Tom says that Gatsby deserved to die ● Nick comes to the conclusion that Tom and Daisy are careless and uncaring people and that destroy people and things ○
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