Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Meet the Great Gatsby: except there is not much to know . . . yet

Chapter III Notes

There are extravagant parties at Gatsby's all day long during the summer.  People are not invited; they just show up.  But one day Jay Gatsby sends an invitation to his neighbor, Nick, who reluctantly attends.

Nick knows no one there until he finds Jordan roaming the party, and he latches onto her.  Sort of.  Rumors about who Gatsby is and what he has done abound, but no one seems to really know much about him at all.  

Out of curiosity, Nick and Jordan search the party for Gatsby.  Nick does finally meet him.  He is an odd young man who does not socialize with his guests.  More on him later.

More on eyes: Nick says, "I began to like NY, the racy, adventurous feel of it at night and the satisfaction that the constant flicker of men and women and machines gives to the restless eye."

Meanwhile, Nick forms an opinion about Jordan: she’s a liar.  Nonetheless, there may be something happening between them.  I am still waiting.

About himself, he says “I am slow thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires…”  (This is not such a bad idea.  Would you consider him introspective?  Would you consider his brakes his conscience?)   Continuing on about himself, Nick seems to think: “I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.”  (Maybe a little too much tooting?)  Hmmm.

1 comment:

  1. Yep, I feel Nick is rather too confident in his good morality, but I also think that after coming to Gatsby's party, Nick is amazed at the luxury and the glamorous world. Maybe he is afraid that he would be carried away too far, so he keeps telling himself that he is 'full of interior rules that will act as his brakes').

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