Jeremy Keeshin The Great Gatsby Quotes Nick about Gatsby: "No--Gatsby turned out all right at the

end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men" (2). Nick: "This isn't just an epigram--life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all (4). Nick about Gatsby: "Something in his leisurely movements and the secure position of his feet upon the lawn suggested that it was Mr. Gatsby himself, come out to determine what share was his of our local heavens" (20). Nick about Gatsby: "I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby's house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited--they went there" (41). Nick about Gatsby: "As soon as I arrived I made an attempt to find my host, but the two or three people of whom I asked his whereabouts stared at me in such an amazed way, and denied so vehemently any knowledge of his movements..." (42). Girl at party to Jordan and Lucille about Gatsby: "There's something funny about a fellow that'll do a thing like that.... He doesn't want any trouble with anybody" (43). Owl-eyes to Nick about Gatsby: "Absolutely real--have pages and everything.... It’s a bona fide piece of printed matter. It fooled me. This fella's a regular Belasco. It's a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop too--didn't cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect?" (45). Nick about Gatsby: "My eyes fell on Gatsby, standing alone on the marble steps and looking from one group to another with approving eyes" (50). Nick to Jordan: "Suppose you met somebody just as careless as yourself" (58). Jordan to Nick: "I hope I never will.... I hate careless people. That's why I like you" (58). Nick about Daisy: "They moved with a fast crowd, all of them young and rich and wild, but she came out with an absolutely perfect reputation. Perhaps because she doesn't drink. It's a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people" (77). Gatsby to Nick: "I want to get the grass cut" (82). Daisy to Gatsby: "We haven't met for many years" (87). Gatsby to Daisy: "Five years next November" (87). Nick to Gatsby about Daisy: "You're acting like a little boy.... Not only that, but you're rude, Daisy's sitting in there all alone" (88). Gatsby to Nick: "Absolutely, old sport" (89).

Jeremy Keeshin The Great Gatsby Quotes Nick about Gatsby: "He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes" (91). Nick about Gatsby: “His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one” (93). Daisy to Gatsby: “I’d like to just get one of those pink clouds and put you in it and push you around” (94). Nick about Gatsby: “There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams—not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything” (95). Nick about Gatsby and Daisy: “I looked once more at them and they looked back at me, remotely, possessed by intense life” (96). Nick about Gatsby: “He wanted nothing less of Daisy than that she should go to Tom and say: ‘I never loved you.’ After she had obliterated four years with that sentence they could decide upon the more practical measures to be taken. Once of them was that, after she was free, they were to go back to Louisville and be married from her house—just as if it were five years ago” (109). Gatsby to Nick: “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!” (110). Gatsby to Nick about Daisy: “Her voice is full of money” (120). Tom to Jordan about Gatsby: “He wears a pink suit” (122). Gatsby to Tom about Daisy: “She never loved you, do you hear? She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved any one except me!” (130). Daisy to Gatsby: “ ‘Oh, you want too much!’ she cried to Gatsby. ‘I love you now0—isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past.’ She began to sob helplessly. ‘I did love him once— but I loved you too’” (132). Nick: “I just remembered that today’s my birthday” (135). Nick about Daisy: “But there was Jordan beside me, who, unlike Daisy, was too wise ever to carry well-forgotten dreams from age to age” (135). Nick about Tom and Daisy: “They weren’t happy, and their of them had touched the chicken or the ale—and yet they weren’t unhappy either. There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture, and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together” (145).

Jeremy Keeshin The Great Gatsby Quotes Nick about Gatsby: “Now he found that he had committed himself to the following of a grail” (149). Nick about Daisy: “And all the time something within her was crying for a decision. She wanted her life shaped now, immediately—and the decision must be made by some force —of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality—that was close at hand (151). Gatsby to Nick about Tom and Daisy: “In any case, it was just personal” (152). Nick about Gatsby: “If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream. He must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose ins and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass” (161). Henry Gatz to Nick about Gatsby: “He knew he had a big future in front of him. And ever since he made a success he was very generous to me” (172). Nick about Tom and Daisy: “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made” (179). Nick about Gatsby: “And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when her first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, 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, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night. Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us…. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past” (180).

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