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Nick talks about The Valley of Ashes. "This is a valley of ashes — a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air."
Nick and Tom took a train to NY because Tom wanted to see his mistress. "I went up to New York with Tom on the train one afternoon and when we stopped by the ash heaps he jumped to his feet and, taking hold of my elbow, literally forced me from the car." "We're getting off", he insisted, "I want you to meet my girl"
While on their way to Myrtle's apartment, Myrtle sees a man selling dogs and insists on having one. “I want to get one of those dogs,” she said earnestly. “I want to get one for the apartment. They’re nice to have — a dog.” "We backed up to a gray old man who bore an absurd resemblance to John D. Rockefeller. In a basket swung from his neck cowered a dozen very recent puppies of an indeterminate breed."
Nick, Tom, and Myrtle go to the city then go back to Myrtles apartment and start partying. Myrtle invited Catherine and the McKees. Characters get to know each other. "I have been drunk just twice in my life, and the second time was that afternoon, so everything that happened has a dim, hazy cast over it, although until after 8 o'clock the apartment was full of cheerful sun.
It's late and everyone is still partying Tom and Myrtle get into an argument. "Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand." "Then there were bloody towels upon the bathroom floor, and women's voices scolding, and high over the confusion a broke wail of pain."
After a long night, Nick doesn't remember much. He was first standing beside Mr.Mckee's bed and Mr. Mckee was in his underwear. "The I was lying half asleep in the cold lower level of the Pennsylvania Station, staring at the morning Tribune, and waiting for the four o'clock train."
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