I said lightly that I had heard nothing at all, and a few minutes later I got up to go home. Miss Baker had mentioned him at dinner, and that would do for an introduction.
Gatsby himself, come out to determine what share was his of our local heavens. And wannabe Gatsbys pour their capacity to dream into chasing the shallow dream of dollar signs, nothing more. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept.
Except even the power of most courageous dreamers can be quite helpless to allow us escape the world, our past, and ourselves, giving rise to one of the most famous closing lines of a novel. Something in his leisurely movements and the secure position of his feet upon the lawn suggested that it was Mr.
Among the broken fragments of the last five minutes at table I remember the candles being lit again, pointlessly, and I was conscious of wanting to look squarely at every one, and yet to avoid all eyes.
It made me uneasy, as though the whole evening had been a trick of some sort to exact a contributory emotion from me. When we came in she held us silent for a moment with a lifted hand.
Involuntarily I glanced seaward — and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away, that might have been the end of a dock. In its deep gloom we sat down side by side on a wicker settee. Poor Gatsby, and poor F. The Great Gatsby is a story about the lavish excesses meant to serve every little whim of the rich and wannabe-rich in the splendid but unsatisfying in their shallow emptiness glitzy and gaudy post-war years, and the resulting suffocation under the uselessness and unexpected oppressiveness of elusive American dream in the time when money was plenty and the alluring seemingly dream life was just around the corner, just within reach.
I waited, and sure enough, in a moment she looked at me with an absolute smirk on her lovely face, as if she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged. Slenderly, languidly, their hands set lightly on their hips, the two young women preceded us out onto a rosy-colored porch, open toward the sunset, where four candles flickered on the table in the diminished wind.
Well, she was less than an hour old and Tom was God knows where.
In this world Jay Gatsby, poor old sport, with his huge tasteless mansion and lavish tasteless parties and in-your-face tasteless car and tasteless pink suit would be, perhaps, quietly sniggered at - but would have fit in without the need for aristocratic breeding - who cares if he has the money and the ability to throw parties worthy of reality show fame???
Their interest rather touched me and made them less remotely rich — nevertheless, I was confused and a little disgusted as I drove away.
I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling, and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl.
She sat down, glanced searchingly at Miss Baker and then at me, and continued: Five green-light stars in the fog at the end of a dock. Your tragedy was that you equated your dream with money, and money with happiness and love.
Tom and Miss Baker, with several feet of twilight between them, strolled back into the library, as if to a vigil beside a perfectly tangible body, while, trying to look pleasantly interested and a little deaf, I followed Daisy around a chain of connecting verandas to the porch in front.
As I started my motor Daisy peremptorily called: Then suddenly she threw her napkin on the table and excused herself and went into the house.
As if his absence quickened something within her, Daisy leaned forward again, her voice glowing and singing. And one fine morning —— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Sometimes she and Miss Baker talked at once, unobtrusively and with a bantering inconsequence that was never quite chatter, that was as cool as their white dresses and their impersonal eyes in the absence of all desire.
They were here, and they accepted Tom and me, making only a polite pleasant effort to entertain or to be entertained. She snapped them out with her fingers. When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness.
I saw that turbulent emotions possessed her, so I asked what I thought would be some sedative questions about her little girl. I had heard some story of her too, a critical, unpleasant story, but what it was I had forgotten long ago. The lamp-light, bright on his boots and dull on the autumn-leaf yellow of her hair, glinted along the paper as she turned a page with a flutter of slender muscles in her arms.
Her gray sun-strained eyes looked back at me with polite reciprocal curiosity out of a wan, charming, discontented face.
Miss Baker and I exchanged a short glance consciously devoid of meaning. We heard you were engaged to a girl out West. When, almost immediately, the telephone rang inside and the butler left the porch Daisy seized upon the momentary interruption and leaned toward me.
Would you like to hear? The fact that gossip had published the banns was one of the reasons I had come East. I think the home influence will be very good for her. Just like the Great Houdini - the association the title of this book so easily invokes - you specialized in illusions and escape.
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