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  • 1. The Great Gatsby Chapter 2
  • 2. The Valley of Ashes
    • A desolate area of land between West Egg and New York City
    • In this industrial wasteland, through which the commuter train must pass, everything is covered with dust, smoke, and ashes.
  • 3. Dr. T.J. Eckelberg
    • The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic - their irises are one yard high.
    • They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose.
  • 4. George Wilson
    • Nick followed Tom over a low whitewashed railroad fence, and back a hundred yards along the road under Doctor Eckleburg's persistent stare.
    • The only building in sight was a small block of yellow brick sitting on the edge of the waste land
    • One of the three shops it contained was…
    • Repairs.
    • Cars bought and sold.
    • A blond, spiritless man,
    • anemic, and faintly
    • handsome.
  • 5. Myrtle Wilson
    • A thickish woman, in the middle thirties, and faintly stout, but carried her surplus flesh sensuously as some women can.
    • sensuous, with an air of vitality
  • 6. Catherine
    • Myrtle’s sister
    • A slender, worldly girl of about thirty, with a solid, sticky bob of red hair, and a complexion powdered milky white.
    • When she moved about there was an incessant clicking as innumerable pottery bracelets jingled up and down upon her arms.
  • 7. The McKees
    • Neighbors from downstairs
    • Mr. McKee was a pale, feminine man
    • He was a photographer
    • She was shrill, languid, handsome and horrible.
    • She loudly complained to everyone present about her husband George
  • 8. Whiskey & Gossip
    • “They say Gatsby’s a nephew or a cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm's. That's where all his money comes from.”
    • “Neither of them can stand the person they're married to.”
    • Kaiser Wilhelm: the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, ruling both the German Empire and Prussia from June 1888 to November 1918.
  • 9. More Whiskey & Gossip
    • Catherine leaned close to me and whispered in my ear: "Neither of them can stand the person they're married to."
    • "When they do get married," continued Catherine, "they're going West to live for a while until it blows over."
    • "She really ought to get away from him," resumed Catherine to me. "They've been living over that garage for eleven years. And tom's the first sweetie she ever had."
  • 10. The Party’s Over
    • Nick describes himself at the party as being "within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life."
    • The spell of the party, however, is broken around midnight when Tom and Myrtle argue loudly over her talking about Daisy.
    • Tom insists that she not even mention his wife's name.
    • When Myrtle taunts him by shouting, "Daisy! Daisy!...I'll say it whenever I want to," Tom answers by striking her face and breaking her nose.
    • Nick's sense of moral order is repulsed by the violence, and he leaves in an alcoholic stupor, finally catching the 4:00 a.m. train back to West Egg.