A Smile Is Worth A Thousand Words
"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 on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey." The Great Gatsby p. 48
A splendid example of how lovely words can be. I imagine that even Gatsby's actual smile would have lacked the luster of the text Fitzgerald used to describe it. I have yet to come across such a smile in my own life, hopefully someday. To possess a smile capable of so much reassurance would be a talent worth mastering. More to the point, I think the smile gave away the true nature of Gatsby's character; behind the rumors and the role he attempts to play emerges the "fundamental decencies" of human character mentioned previously on page 2. Decencies which are as the author reminds us "parcelled out unequally at birth."
Another thing, I was curious about perhaps a less obvious significance to those eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg (p. 23) considering the design on the front cover also features a pair of peering blue eyes?