He sat down miserably, as if I had pushed him, and simultaneously there was the
sound of a motor turning into my lane. We both jumped up, and, a little harrowed
myself, I went out into the yard.
Under the dripping bare lilac-trees a large open car was com
throwing mean looks in my direction, so when she went on her vacation in July I
let it blow quietly away.
I took dinner usually at the Yale Club for some reason it was the gloomiest
event of my day and then I went up-stairs to the library and studied
Wonderff tell me where theres a gasline 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.
For a while I lost sight of Jordan Baker, and then in midsummer I found her
again. At first I was flattered to go places with her, because she was a golf
champion, and every one knew her name. Then it was something more. I wasnt
actually in love, but I fe
On Sunday morning while church bells rang in the villages alongshore, the world
and its mistress returned to Gatsbys house and twinkled hilariously on his lawn.
Hes a bootlegger, said the young ladies, moving somewhere between his
passed so close to some workmen that our fender flicked a button on one mans
Youre a rotten driver, I protested. Either you ought to be more careful, or you
oughtnt to drive at all.
I am careful.
No, youre not.
Well, other people are, she said light
Jaqueline, I think, or else Consuela, or Gloria or Judy or June, and their last
names were either the melodious names of flowers and months or the sterner
ones of the great American capitalists whose cousins, if pressed, they would
confess themselves to b
Stonewall Jackson Abrams of Georgia, and the Fishguards and the Ripley Snells.
Snell was there three days before he went to the penitentiary, so drunk out on the
gravel drive that Mrs. Ulysses Swetts automobile ran over his right hand. The
Dancies came, t
He looked at me sideways and I knew why Jordan Baker had believed he was
lying. He hurried the phrase educated at Oxford, or swallowed it, or choked on
it, as though it had bothered him before. And with this doubt, his whole
statement fell to pieces, and
But I wasnt even trying, he explained indignantly, I wasnt even trying.
An awed hush fell upon the bystanders.
Do you want to commit suicide?
Youre lucky it was just a wheel! A bad driver and not even TRYing!
You dont understand, explained the criminal. I
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
there were whispers about him from those who found little that it was necessary
to whisper about in this world.
The first supper there would be another one after midnight was now being
served, and Jordan invited me to join her own party, who were spread a
backward on Gatsby, and no French bob touched Gatsbys shoulder, and no
singing quartets were formed with Gatsbys head for one link.
I beg your pardon.
Gatsbys butler was suddenly standing beside us.
Miss Baker? he inquired. I beg your pardon, but Mr. Gats
and pursued the rest of their way in slow black rivulets. A humorous suggestion
was made that she sing the notes on her face, whereupon she threw up her hands,
sank into a chair, and went off into a deep vinous sleep.
She had a fight with a man who says h
A little bit, I think. I cant tell yet. Ive only been here an hour. Did I tell you
about the books? Theyre real. Theyre
You told us. We shook hands with him gravely and went back outdoors.
There was dancing now on the canvas in the garden; old men pushin
I was in the Seventh Infantry until June nineteen-eighteen. I knew Id seen you
We talked for a moment about some wet, gray little villages in France. Evidently
he lived in this vicinity, for he told me that he had just bought a hydroplan
didnt at least in my provincial inexperience I believed they didnt drift coolly
out of nowhere and buy a palace on Long Island Sound.
Anyhow, he gives large parties, said Jordan, changing the subject with an
urbane distaste for the concrete. And I like la
Precisely at that point it vanished and I was looking at an elegant young roughneck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed
being absurd. Some time before he introduced himself Id got a strong impression
that he was pic
As I waited for my hat in the hall the door of the library opened and Jordan Baker
and Gatsby came out together. He was saying some last word to her, but the
eagerness in his manner tightened abruptly into formality as several people
approached him to say
He saw me looking with admiration at his car.
Its pretty, isnt it, old sport? He jumped off to give me a better view. Havent
you ever seen it before?
Id seen it. Everybody had seen it. It was a rich cream color, bright with nickel,
swollen here and there
hundred and thirty men with sixteen Lewis guns, and when the infantry came up
at last they found the insignia of three German divisions among the piles of dead.
I was promoted to be a major, and every Allied government gave me a decoration
I was scared, I can tell you; Id never seen a girl like that before.
Here, deares. She groped around in a waste-basket she had with her on the bed
and pulled out the string of pearls. Take em down-stairs and give em back to
whoever they belong to. Tell em
I dont want to do anything out of the way! he kept saying. I want to see her
right next door.
When I said you were a particular friend of Toms, he started to abandon the
whole idea. He doesnt know very much about Tom, though he says hes read a
But it wasnt a coincidence at all.
Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.
Then it had not been merely the stars to which he had aspired on that June night.
He came alive to me, delivered suddenly from the womb of his
Oh, thats all right, he said carelessly. I dont want to put you to any trouble.
What day would suit you?
What day would suit you? he corrected me quickly. I dont want to put you to
any trouble, you see.
How about the day after to-morrow? He considered for
I realize now that under different circumstances that conversation might have
been one of the crises of my life. But, because the offer was obviously and
tactlessly for a service to be rendered, I had no choice except to cut him off there.
Ive got my hand
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
When I came home to West Egg that night I was afraid for a moment that my
house was on fire. Two oclock and the whole corner of the peninsula was blazing
with light, which fell unreal on the shrubbery and
opened nervously, and Gatsby, in a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and goldcolored tie, hurried in. He was pale, and there were dark signs of sleeplessness
beneath his eyes.
Is everything all right? he asked immediately.
The grass looks fine, if thats w
With his hands still in his coat pockets he stalked by me into the hall, turned
sharply as if he were on a wire, and disappeared into the living-room. It wasnt a
bit funny. Aware of the loud beating of my own heart I pulled the door to against
The next April Daisy had her little girl, and they went to France for a year. I saw
them one spring in Cannes, and later in Deauville, and then they came back to
Chicago to settle down. Daisy was popular in Chicago, as you know. They moved
with a fast cro