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The Great Gatsby
Transcript of The Great Gatsby
- time for questions
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald
* 24.09.1896 Minnesota
† 21.12.1940 Los Angeles
- "Big Four" Club
- 1917 War
- Ginevra King
- novel’s narrator
- honest, tollerant
- has to keep many secrets
- makes Gatsby a favor
- fabulously wealthy young man
- born as James Gatz, poor
- officer in Louisville
- criminal activity
- promised Jay to wait for him
- unhappily married
- hides her pain
- past and future
"He had passed visibly through two states and was entering upon a third. After his embarrassment and his unreasoning joy he was consumed with wonder at her presence. He had been full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end, waited with his teeth set, so to speak, at an inconceivable pitch of intensity. Now, in the reaction, he was running down like an overwound clock."
" 'Look here, old sport,' he broke out surprisingly, 'what's your opinion of me, anyhow?' […] 'I'll tell you God's truth,' His right hand suddenly ordered divine retribution to stand by. 'I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West - all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford, because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition.' "
"His heart beat faster as Daisy's white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the turning-fork that had been struck upon star. Then he kissed her. At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete."
“I want to know what Mr Gatsby has to tell me.’
‘Your wife doesn’t love you’, said Gatsby. 'She’s never loved you. She loves me.’
‘You must be crazy!’ exclaimed Tom automatically. Gatsby sprang to his feet, vivid with excitement.
‘She never loved you, do you hear?’ he cried. ‘She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved anyone except me!’ “
“I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited – they went there. They got into automobiles, which bore them out to Long Island, and somehow they ended up at Gatsby’s door. Once there they were introduced by somebody who knew Gatsby, and after that they conducted themselves according to the rules of behaviour associated with an amusement park.”
Are there any questions?