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FC: Nick Carraway

1: I still remember what my father had told me years ago. "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone," he told me, "just remember that all people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." I hardly understood what that meant. Me and my father always communicated in a unusual way. In the summer of 1922, I arrived in New York and moved to work in the bond business. I rented a house on a part of Long Island. This was called West Egg. I go to have dinner with my second cousin once removed, Daisy Fay Buchanan and her husband Tom Buchanan.He"s a wealthy polo player. Also with Miss Jordan Baker, a sportswoman and golfer from Louisville. Jordan tells me that she knows a man by the name of Gatsby and the conversation becomes diverted. Later that night I see my neighbor, Jay Gatsby, outside his mansion apparently watching the stars, but we do not speak. | CHAPTER 1

2: Chapter 2 | I accompany Tom to New York on the train. We stop near a "valley of ashes" at an auto garage to find Tom's mistress. Her name is Myrtle Wilson, who lives with her husband George over their auto garage. Tom bought her a dog and various gifts and they go to the apartment they keep in N.Y. Her sister Catherine is invited to visit along with photographer Chester McKee & his wife Lucille. Myrtle tells me how she met Tom. The photographer wants to do more work on Long Island and they exchange misinformation and rumors about Gatsby. Tom resents Myrtle's insistent mentioning of Daisy hits her and breaks her nose.

4: I attend one of Gatsby's large and lavish summer parties. I was invited. Most of these people attending do not know Gatsby. Various guests are gossiping about who Gatsby is and how he got his wealth. They discuss that he has killed a man, was a German spy, was in the army, is an Oxford man. Nick and Jordan visit the library, with a drunk. Dancing begins. I met a fellow army veteran, he tells me he was in the Seventh Infantry until 1918. He proves to be Jay Gatsby. Gatsby calls Jordan away to talk private. The guests leave, one running off the road. In July, I begin dating Jordan, though she is "incurably dishonest" and a bad driver. I work to extricate myself with an entangling relationship back home. | Chapter 3

6: A catalog of Gatsby's guests is presented. This is late July and Gatsby takes me to N.Y. in his gorgeous car. Gatsby tells me more about his background, and i am still suspicious. A policeman pulls us over but backs off when Gatsby shows his Christmas letter from the commissioner. He says Jordan has something to tell me. We then lunch with Meyer Wolfshiem. He's a Jewish gambler who "fixed the 1919 World Series" and has connections to gangsters. Tom arrives at the bar but Gatsby disappears to avoid an introduction. Later that day, Jordan tells me about Jay's love affair with Daisy Fay in 1917 in Louisville. Before Gatsby went off to war, her disappointment on his leaving, her parents disapproval of him, her hesitation but eventual marriage to Tom, the birth of her daughter Pammy. Gatsby wants Jordan to ask me to invite Daisy to his house, without Tom, so she can observe Gatsby's mansion next door and "accidentally" meet him. Gatsby has been longing for this for five years. That is why he bought the house across the bay from the Buchanans. I enjoy my romance with Jordan. | Chapter 4

8: Gatsby comes by. We then arrange the "tea" for Daisy to take place in a few days in early August. Gatsby promises to help me financially. I decline. Jay sends over a man to mow along with many flowers. Daisy arrives, curious as to why I did not want Tom to come with her. Jay arrives, acutely embarrassed, as is she. They gradually recover and warm to each other. Gatsby gives more misinformation and is evasive about how he acquired his wealth. They tour the house. He describes the green light at the Buchanan's dock that he always views across Manhasset bay. His "boarder" Ewing Klipspringer is reluctantly recruited to play the piano. The lovers are reunited, Gatsby has realized his dream of five years, and I quietly leave them to each other. | Chapter 5

10: A reporter later arrives at Gatsby's house roaming about his activities. I provide some true history about Gatsby. He was actually James Gatz until 17 years of age in 1907. His parents were unsuccessful farmer people. He tried to go to St. Olaf's College but left after 2 weeks. He earned his living then clam digging and fishing etc. along the banks of Lake Superior. He was discovered by wealthy miner Dan Cody, who spotted him and invited him aboard his yacht. Jay worked for him for 5 years until the man died. Jay was cheated by a woman out of a bequest Dan tried to make him. Tom arrives at my house on horseback with Sloane and a pretty woman. Gatsby mentions he knows Daisy, distressing Tom. The woman invites Gatsby to their dinner party but, after the men protest, she backs out. Next Saturday, Tom and Daisy come to one of Gatsby's parties. Tom is suspicious of Daisy. He is introduced as the polo player. Daisy and Jay dance. Tom is occupied with a girl. Daisy is "appalled" at the West Egg scene. Tom wants to know who Jay is, thinks he is a bootlegger. Daisy defends Jay to him. Later, Jay worries me that Daisy did not like the party. He wants to fix everything. He recounts sentimentally an evening 5 years earlier in 1917 when they kissed. | Chapter 6

12: Gatsby fires his help to stop gossip about him and Daisy, replacing them with Wolfshiem's rude but close-mouthed people. The parties stop. In late August, Jay asks me to join him and Jordan at the Buchanan's. I senses something is up. There, as Tom leaves the room, Daisy indiscreetly tells Jay that she loves him and kisses him. Her daughter Pammy is brought out. The atmosphere is very hot and tense. Tom has seen the bond between the lovers. Daisy proposes to drive to New York. Tom drives Daisy in Jay's car, gassing up at Wilson's garage. Wilson confides he wants to move away, suspects his wife. Tom fears he is losing both of his women. Jordan, Jay and I are in Tom's car. We go to the Plaza Hotel. Tom confronts Jay about Jay's claim to have been at Oxford. He acknowledges he was there only 5 months, in 1919. Tom demands to know what is going on with his wife. Jay says Daisy loves him and has never loved Tom. Daisy is revolted to recall Tom's past sprees and says she couldn't have ever loved him. But on Tom's questioning, she acknowledges that in fact she also loved Tom and says Jay asks too much of her to deny this. She says she will leave Tom. But Tom then divulges Jay's bootlegging and gambling activities. Daisy is terrified and loses her convictions and withdraws from the distraught Jay. She drives Jay home at dusk in his car. As they pass the auto garage, Myrtle Wilson sees them and runs into the road, thinking it is Tom and probably trying to get away from her husband. The car strikes and kills her. Daisy drives on. Tom stops and lets the distraught Mr. Wilson, witness and neighbor Michaelis, and the others there know that it was not his car but a yellow car owned by a friend that killed her. Later, Jay, lurking outside their house to protect Daisy, discloses to me that Daisy, not he, was driving when the accident occurred. Daisy and Tom seem to be conspiring together to cover up her involvement in the accident. | Chapter 7

14: Jay is clutching to forlorn hope, and I advise Jay to get away. Jay tells him more of his true history of how he unscrupulously misled her about his wealth and background and took her when they were courting. They wrote during the war, then she resumed dating and dumped him while he was at Oxford.When he returned to the U.S, he was broke. I complimented Jay, then I left. Wilson is becoming obsessed with the car and presumed murderer of his wife. Jordan dumps me. Wilson finds out where Gatsby lives and shoots him in his pool, then shoots himself. | Chapter 8

16: Catherine keeps quiet and Mr. Wilson is portrayed as a man deranged simply by grief. Tom and Daisy have left town. Meyer Wolfshiem will not be coming to the funeral. I receive a call intended for Jay, at Jays house, describing a crooked bond deal gone bad. Jay's father Mr. Gatz arrives and recalls his son, how he bought the old man a house. Klipspringer wants his shoes but won't come to the funeral. I go to and appeal to Wolfshiem to come to the funeral but he flatly refuses to be seen there. He describes how he made Jay from nothing. Only I, the father, some servants, and the man in the library attend the funeral. No word or flowers come from Daisy. In October, Jordan has become engaged. I run into Tom in N.Y. and demand to know what he said to Wilson that day. Tom tells me Wilson came to his house with a revolver and Tom told him that Jay had run over Myrtle. Tom laments his own loss of Myrtle. I label Tom and Daisy as careless people. I visited Gatsby's house, now overgrown, one final time before moving away for good. | Chapter 9

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