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Transcript of Gatsby
"The honor would be entirely Gatsby's, it said if I would attend his 'little party' that night. He had seen me several times, and had intended to call on me long before, but a peculiar combination of circumstances had prevented it - signed Jay Gatsby, in a majestic hand." -pg 43
"He smiled understandingly - much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced - or seemed to face - the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just so far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey." -pg 49
"A man named Klipspringer was there so ofter that he became know as "the boarder" - I doubt if he had any other home." (Nick - 61)
"When I was here last I tore my gown on a chair, and he asked me my name and address - inside of a week I got a package from Croirier's with a new evening gown in it." (Lucille - 45)
"Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once." A thrill passed over all of us. The three Mr. Mumbles bent forward and listened eagerly. "I don't think it's so much that," argued Lucille sceptically; "it's more that he was a German spy during the war." One of the men nodded in confirmation. "I heard that from a man who knew all about him, grew up with him in Germany," he assured us positively. "Oh, no," said the first girl, "it couldn't be that, because he was in the American army during the war." As our credulity switched back to her she leaned forward with enthusiasm. "You look at him sometimes when he thinks nobody's looking at him. I'll bet he killed a man." (3.30-35)
I suppose he'd had the name ready for a long time, even then. His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people—his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God – a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that – and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end. (6.6-7)
"He had waited five years and bought a mansion where he dispensed starlight to casual moths--so he could 'come over' some afternoon to a stranger's garden."
"...he says he's read a Chicago paper for years on the chance of catching a glimpse of Daisy's name.
"It was a strange coincidence," I said.
"But it wasn't a coincidence at all."
"Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay."
Then it had not been just the stars to which he had aspired on that June night. He came alive to me, delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor.
" But it wasn't a coincidence at all. Why not? Gatsby bought that house so Daisy would be just across the bay." - 76
" I'm going to fix everything just the way it was before, he said, nodding determinedly."-106
For example, in the hotel when Tom confronted Gatsby about his love to Daisy, Gatsby insisted that Daisy say that she never loved Tom. This shows that Gatsby was extremely naïve to believe that Daisy would love him to a certain extent as to say that she never loved her own husband.
"There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams -- not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion" (101).
"Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can" (116).
"Your wife doesn't love you...She's never loved you. She loves me." - Gatsby (124)
"Just tell him the truth - that you never loved him - and it's all wiped out forever." Gatsby (125)
" 'I never loved him,' she said, with perceptible reluctance." - (126)
"On the last fly-leaf was printed the word SCHEDULE, and the date September 12, 1906. And underneath:
Rise from bed...........................................................6.00 A.M.
Dumbbell exercise and wall-scaling........................6.15-6.30 "
Study electricity, etc. ...............................................7.15-8.15 "
Baseball and sports..................................................4.30-5.00 "
Practice elocution, poise and how to attain it.........5.00-6.00 "
Study needed inventions.........................................7.00-9.00 "
No wasting time at Shafters or [a name, indecipherable]
No more smoking or chewing
Bath every other day
Read one improving book or magazine per week
Save $5.00 [crossed out] $3.00 per week
Be better to parents" (9.104)
"'It was a strange coincidence,' I said.
'But it wasn't a coincidence at all.'
'Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.'" (4.137-140)
"'My house looks well, doesn't it?' he demanded. 'See how the whole front of it catches the light.' I agreed that it was splendid. 'Yes.' His eyes went over it, every arched door and square tower. 'It took me just three years to earn the money that bought it.' " pg. 87
" 'I've got a man in england who buys me clothes. He sends over a selection of things at the beginning of each season, spring and fall.' He took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before us, shirts of sheer linen and thick silk and fine flannel". pg. 89
"I am the son of some wealthy people in the midwest-all dead now."-Pg 64
"well I tried to swing the wheel- he broke off,and suddenly I guessed the truth. Was Daisy driving? Yes he said after a moment."-Pg 137