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Eugene Spencer C.

10 - LDS
Character: Nick Carraway
Literary Piece: The Great Gatsby

*writes on the board Gatsby with a box*

(Sitting on a chair) (SFX: You Cant Repeat the Past)

(Writes on paper)
Nick: In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice. Always try to

see the best in people, he would say. As a consequence, Im inclined to reserve all judgments but

even I have a limit.

Back then all of us drank too much. The more in tune with the times we were, the more we drank

and none of us contributed anything new.

(Thinking deeply)

When I came back from New York, I was disgusted.

Doctor: I see Mr. Carraway

Nick: Disgusted with everyone and everything. Only one man was exempt from my disgust.

Doctor: One man? Mr. Carraway?

Nick: Gatsby

Doctor: Gatsby.. Was he a friend of yours?

(Stares into the window)

Nick: He was the single most hopeful person Ive ever met and Im ever likely to meet again.

There was something about him.a sensitivity. He was like one of those machines that register

earthquakes 10,000 miles away.

Doctor: Whered you meet him?

(Walks around grabs a glass and an envelope)

Nick: At a at a party in New York.

I got an invitation... I was the only one by which I mean no one, except me, ever received an

actual invitation to Gatsbys. You see, the rest of New York simply came, uninvited...

(SFX: A Little Part Never Killed Nobody)

Nick: I was wondering around asking where I might find the host until that perfect moment.

Voice: Im Gatsby.

Nick: His smile was one of those rare smiles that you may come across four or five times in life.

It seemed to understand you and believe in you just as you would like to be understood and

believed in.

I attended two more of his parties, even made use of his beach. But I soon realized that I knew

absolutely nothing about Gatsby at all, until...

Jordan: He wants you to invite her over to tea.

Nick: I remembered feeling torn. Was it right to bring Daisy, a married woman to a man I hardly


Doctor: What happened then?

Nick: Well, they did go to tea but for the second time that summer, I was guarding other peoples

secrets. Once again I was within and without.

Doctor: Your record shows about an accident of a woman. What happened after that?

(Types something on a type writer) (SFX: Gatsby Believed in the Green Light)

Nick: That was the night he finally told me the truth, all of it. He revealed his humble beginnings,

his transformative voyage with Dan Cody, the war, Oxford, and how he joined Wolfsheim in the

business. It was also that night that I became aware of Gatsbys extraordinary gift for hope. A gift

Ive never found in any other person. And which it is not likely I shall ever find again.

After his death, the headlines were a nightmare. They pinned everything on Gatsby. The affair

with Myrtlethe hit and runeverything. And there was nothing I could say except the one

unutterable fact that none of it was true...

They were careless people, Tom and Daisy. They smashed up things and people and then

retreated back into their money and their vast carelessness...

I rang, I wrote, I implored... But not a single one of the sparkling hundreds who had enjoyed his

hospitality all summer, attended the funeral. And from Daisy, not even a flower. I was all he had;

the only one who cared...

He had come such a long way. And his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly

fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him...

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly, into the past.
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