A Mysterious Man

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I read this book twice before. Once my junior year of highschool, once for pleasure the summer afterward, and this chapter always stuck out as being the one filled most with rumors.

Upon reading the first paragraph in the fourth chapter one can surely figure out that everyone knows Gatsby and his place is the 'place to be' so to say-

"ON SUNDAY MORNING while church bells rang in the villages alongshore, the world and its mistress returned to Gatsby's hosue and twinkled hilariously on his lawn."

Soon he clears up some mystery about himself to Nick,

"I am the son of some wealthy people in the Middle West---all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford, because all my ancestors have been educated there for many years. It is a family tradition."  [Fitzgerald, 65]

However, Nick did not buy it because of the way Gatsby looked at him sideways.




I'm impressed by Nick's astuteness in realizing that Gatsby was lying to him. He had so many questions about this infamous man, but yet was unable to trust Gatsby in his truthfulness.

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