Welcome to a Completely Strange Story (The Great Gatsby, Ch 1-3)

We started The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a very famous and well known book. 

I’ve been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library. 

This is an example of a famous quotation from that famous book. Nick, our narrator, continues to ask:

“Has it?”

“A little bit, I think. I can’t tell yet. I’ve only been here and hour. Did I tell you about the books? They’re real. They’re—”

“You told us”

We shook hands with him gravely and went back outdoors. 

Seems to me that this man is still a little intoxicated. 

The story goes on much more interestingly, as Nick meets Gatsby, who reveals that he was in the war with Nick and offers him a ride on a hydroplane the next day. When Nick, who hasn’t realized that the person he’s talking to is Gatsby, says that he hasn’t met the host yet, to which Gatsby replies:

“I’m Gatsby,” he said suddenly. 

“What!” I exclaimed. “Oh, I beg your pardon.”

“I thought you knew, old sport. I’m afraid I’m not a very good host.”

He smiles understandingly—much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced—or seemed to face—the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated in you with an it reticle prejudice in your favor. 

Here, Fitzgerald uses parenthesis (“—or seemed to face—”) to show that that narrator expressed disbelief. This aids to the ongoing gag of keeping Gatsby very mysterious and hard to figure out. This section as a whole seems to also tell the reader that Gatsby is not necessarily a bad person, but possibly misunderstood. 



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