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The Great Gatsby: Time Line
Transcript of The Great Gatsby: Time Line
"I followed him over a low whitewashed railroad fence, and we walked back a hundred yards along the road under Doctor Eckleburg’s persistent stare. The only building in sight was a small block of yellow brick sitting on the edge of the waste land, a sort of compact Main Street ministering to it, and contiguous to absolutely nothing. One of the three shops it contained was for rent and another was an all-night restaurant, approached by a trail of ashes; the third was a garage—Repairs. GEORGE B. WILSON. Cars bought and sold.—and I followed Tom inside." (pg.28&29) "I had been actually invited. A chauffeur in a uniform of robin’s-egg blue crossed my lawn early that Saturday morning with a surprisingly formal note from his employer: 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.45) "'Much better.' I turned again to my new acquaintance. 'This is an unusual party for me. I haven’t even seen the host. I live over there——' I waved my hand at the invisible hedge in the distance, 'and this man Gatsby sent over his chauffeur with an invitation.' For a moment he looked at me as if he failed to understand."
“'I’m Gatsby,' he said suddenly." (pg.48) "On Sunday morning while church bells rang in the villages alongshore, the world and its mistress returned to Gatsby’s house and twinkled hilariously on his lawn."
“'He’s a bootlegger,' said the young ladies, moving somewhere between his cocktails and his flowers. 'One time he killed a man who had found out that he was nephew to Von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil. Reach me a rose, honey, and pour me a last drop into that there crystal glass.'” (pg.65) (pg.68) "At nine o’clock, one morning late in July, Gatsby’s gorgeous car lurched up the rocky drive to my door and gave out a burst of melody from its three-noted horn. It was the first time he had called on me, though I had gone to two of his parties, mounted in his hydroplane, and, at his urgent invitation, made frequent use of his beach."
“'Good morning, old sport. You’re having lunch with me to-day and I thought we’d ride up together.'” (pg.73) “'Mr. Carraway, this is my friend Mr. Wolfshiem.'”
"A small, flat-nosed Jew raised his large head and regarded me with two fine growths of hair which luxuriated in either nostril. After a moment I discovered his tiny eyes in the half-darkness." (pg.83) “'He wants to know,' continued Jordan, 'if you’ll invite Daisy to your house some afternoon and then let him come over.'” (pg.91) "She turned her head as there was a light dignified knocking at the front door. I went out and opened it. Gatsby, pale as death, with his hands plunged like weights in his coat pockets, was standing in a puddle of water glaring tragically into my eyes."
"For half a minute there wasn’t a sound. Then from the living-room I heard a sort of choking murmur and part of a laugh, followed by Daisy’s voice on a clear artificial note: 'I certainly am awfully glad to see you again.'” (pg.106) "He was employed in a vague personal capacity—while he remained with Cody he was in turn steward, mate, skipper, secretary, and even jailor, for Dan Cody sober knew what lavish doings Dan Cody drunk might soon be about, and he provided for such contingencies by reposing more and more trust in Gatsby. The arrangement lasted five years, during which the boat went three times around the Continent. It might have lasted indefinitely except for the fact that Ella Kaye came on board one night in Boston and a week later Dan Cody inhospitably died." (pg.110) "Tom was evidently perturbed at Daisy’s running around alone, for on the following Saturday night he came with her to Gatsby’s party." (pg.120) "He was calling up at Daisy’s request—would I come to lunch at her house to-morrow?" (pg.127&129) “'Well, you take my coupe and let me drive your car to town.'”
"The suggestion was distasteful to Gatsby."
“'But there’s a garage right here,' objected Jordan. 'I don’t want to get stalled in this baking heat.' Tom threw on both brakes impatiently, and we slid to an abrupt dusty stop under Wilson’s sign. After a moment the proprietor emerged from the interior of his establishment and gazed hollow-eyed at the car." (pg.139) “'Your wife doesn’t love you,' said Gatsby. 'She’s never loved you. She loves me.'”
“'You must be crazy!' exclaimed Tom automatically." (pg.146) "Myrtle Wilson’s body, wrapped in a blanket, and then in another blanket, as though she suffered from a chill in the hot night, lay on a work-table by the wall, and Tom, with his back to us, was bending over it, motionless." (pg.169&170) "The chauffeur—he was one of Wolfshiem’s proteges—heard the shots"
"It was after we started with Gatsby toward the house that the gardener saw Wilson’s body a little way off in the grass, and the holocaust was complete." (pg.175) "It was Gatsby’s father, a solemn old man, very helpless and dismayed, bundled up in a long cheap ulster against the warm September day." Symbol: Green Light Motif: West Egg vs. East Egg Motif: West Egg vs. East Egg Theme: Money $