"Hey Nick, was just calling to see if I could get those tennis shoes Gatsby had."
Two years now after Gatsby's death, Nick tells the story of Gatsby's funeral and what happened afterwards.
Wild, untrue, and exaggerated stories circulated and sparked like wild fire. And as Nick tries to organize Gatsby's funeral, almost all of his acquaintances, friends, and etc., seem to have disappeared.
Tom and Daisy for example stopped talking to everyone and moved away with no forwarding address. While Klipsringer calls and asks Nick to send him Gatsby's tennis shoes. Therefore the only people to show up to Gatsby's funeral are Nick, Owl Eyes, a few servants, and Gatsby's father, Henry Gatz.
Nick decides to move back to the Midwest, breaks off his relationship with Jordan, who actually claims to be engaged to another man. And comes into contact with Tom before leaving and admits that Gatsby "deserved," to die.
"Gatsby did deserve to die."
Coming to the conclusion that Tom and Daisy are nothing but careless people who will destroy anyone and everything. On the last night before going back home, Nick begins to think and sees that America was once a goal for dreamers, just as Daisy was to Gatsby. But too blinded by their want for success and money, again similarly to Gatsby with Daisy, both failed to realize that the dream had already ended long before. Nick is referring to the American dream.