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The Great Gatsby Quotes 2

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In two weeks it'll be the longest day in the year....Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 1, Daisy Buchanan.

Before I could answer her eyes fastened with an awed expression on her little finger.
'Look!' she complained. 'I hurt it.'
We all looked – the knuckle was black and blue.
'You did it, Tom,' she said accusingly. 'I know you didn't mean to, but you did do it. That's what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen of a - '
'I hate that word hulking,' objected Tom crossly, 'even in kidding.'
'Hulking,' insisted Daisy.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 1, Daisy's bruised little finger is like a symbol of the marriage between her and Tom. Their relationship, like the convervation, is full of tension and immaturity, is not built on concrete foundations and will easily fall apart.

Civilization's going to pieces. I've gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things... The idea is if we don't look out the white race will be - will be utterly submerged... It's up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 1, Tom Buchanan, whose racism is evident from the very beginning of the novel.

The idea is if we don't look out the white race will be utterly submerged. It's all scientific stuff; it's been proved.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 1, Tom Buchanan believes that African-American people should not be associated with people of European origin.

All right...I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 1, Daisy on her newborn girl. She is saying there is no hope for women to make a difference in early society, as they are not seen as intellectural figures in the early 1900s. Better for a woman to act dumb and naive and allow men take care of her, than trying to become strong and opionionated.

I know. I've been everywhere and seen everything and done everything...Sophisticated - God, I'm sophisticated!
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 1, Daisy.

The instant her voice broke off, ceasing to compel my attention, my belief, I felt the basic insincerity of what she had said. It made me uneasy, as though the whole evening had been a trick of some sort to exact a contributory emotion from me. 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.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 1, Nick on Daisy, who seems to represent the hollow and morally bankrupt aspect of wealth during the 1920's.

'Did you give Nick a little heart-to-heart talk on the veranda?' demanded Tom suddenly.
'Did I?' She looked at me. 'I can't seem to remember, but I think we talked about the Nordic race. Yes, I'm sure we did. It sort of crept up on us and first thing you know - '
'Don't believe everything you hear, Nick,' he advised me.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 1, this depicts the unhappy and tense marriage that Daisy has with Tom, who seems worried that she has been airing their dirty laundry.

...he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward – and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 1, for Gatsby the green light at end of Daisy's dock represents the American dream and his dream of being reunited with Daisy, the woman he loves. It is a constantly recurring symbol in the novel.

This is a valley of ashes – a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air. Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 2, valley of ashes represents absolute poverty and hopelessness.

But above the gray land and the spasms of bleak dust which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg.
The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic – their irises are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose. Evidently some wild wag of an oculist set them there to fatten his practice in the borough of Queens, and then sank down himself into eternal blindness, or forgot them and moved away. But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days, under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 2, the eyes of Dr. T. J. Ecileburg is an ad that gazes down at the characters and all that happens in the valley of ashes. It symbolises God looking down at the characters and the moral decay of the 1920s.

The fact that he had one [a mistress] was insisted upon wherever he was known. His acquaintances resented the fact that he turned up in popular restaurants with her and, leaving her at a table, sauntered about, chatting with whomever he knew.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 2, Nick on how much of a scumbag Tom is. While most men that cheat on their wives would meet their mistress in private, Tom insists on showing her off to everyone and acting like it was no great deal.

He thinks she goes to see her sister in New York. He's so dumb he doesn't know he's alive.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 2, Tom Buchanan about George Wilson and his wife Myrtle, and how George is unaware that she is Tom's mistress.

'I told that boy about the ice.' Myrtle raised her eyebrows in despair at the shiftlessness of the lower orders. 'These people! You have to keep after them all the time.' She looked at me and laughed pointlessly.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 2, Myrtle pretends to be of the upper class in order to fit in. But it only makes her sound more like herself, a common, cheating woman.

'You see,' cried Catherine triumphantly. She lowered her voice again. 'It's really his wife that's keeping them apart. She's a Catholic, and they don't believe in divorce.'
Daisy was not a Catholic, and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 2, Tom has invented this elaborate lie to to cover over the real reason he won't divorce Daisy to marry Myrtle - class difference. Myrtle is not of his social class so he strings her along with lies.

I married him because I thought he was a gentleman...I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn't fit to lick my shoe.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 2, Myrtle about George Wilson.

He borrowed somebody's best suit to get married in, and never told me about it, and the man came after it one day when he was out...I gave it to him and then I lay down and cried...all afternoon.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 2, Myrtle about George.

I wanted to get out and walk eastward toward the park through the soft twilight, but each time I tried to go I became entangled in some wild, strident argument which pulled me back, as if with ropes, into my chair. Yet high over the city our line of yellow windows must have contributed their share of human secrecy to the casual watcher in the darkening streets, and I was him too, looking up and wondering. I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 2.

It was on the two little seats facing each other that are always the last ones left on the train. I was going up to New York to see my sister and spend the night. He had on a dress suit and patent leather shoes, and I couldn't keep my eyes off him, but every time he looked at me I had to pretend to be looking at the advertisement over his head. When we came into the station he was next to me, and his white shirt-front pressed against my arm, and so I told him I'd have to call a policeman, but he knew I lied. I was so excited that when I got into a taxi with him I didn't hardly know I wasn't getting into a subway train. All I kept thinking about, over and over, was 'You can't live forever; you can't live forever.'
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 2, Myrtle telling the story of her first meeting with Tom.

People disappeared, reappeared, made plans to go somewhere, and then lost each other, searched for each other, found each other a few feet away.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 2.

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