the great Gatsby

the great Gatsby

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  • Summer of 1922: Nick Carraway
  • "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.
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