"Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction—Gatsby, who represented everything for which I have an unaffected scorn."
"The Carraways are something of a clan, and we have a tradition that we're descended from the Dukes ofBuccleuch, but the actual founder of my line was my grandfather's brother, who came here in fifty−one, senta substitute to the Civil War, and started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries on to−day."
''My own house was an eyesore, but it was a small eyesore, and it had been overlooked, so I had a view of the water, a partial view of my neighbor's lawn, and the consoling proximity of millionaires—all for eighty dollars a month''
"About half way between West Egg and New York the motor road hastily joins the railroad and runs besideit for a quarter of a mile, so as to shrink away from a certain desolate area of land. This is a valley of ashes afantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take theforms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who movedimly and already crumbling through the powdery air."
"The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic their irises are one yard high. They look out of noface, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose."
"Beauty and the Beast . . . Loneliness . . . Old Grocery Horse . . . Brook'n Bridge . . . ." then I was lying halfasleep in the cold lower level of the Pennsylvania Station, staring at the morning Tribune, and waiting for the four o'clock train.