The Great Gatsby Chapter 4

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  • 1. The Great Gatsby Chapter 4
  • 2. The Parties Continue and so does the gossip…
    • "He's a bootlegger," said the young ladies, moving somewhere between his cocktails and his flowers.
    • "One time he killed a man who had found out that he was nephew to Von Hindenburg and second cousin to the devil.
    Paul von Hindenburg 2nd President of Germany
  • 3.
    • “Once I wrote down on the empty spaces of a time-table the names of those who came to Gatsby's house that summer. It is an old time-table now, disintegrating at its folds, and headed ‘This schedule in effect July 5th, 1922.’ ”
    Party Guests
  • 4.
    • Many came from East Egg, including:
      • the Leeches,
      • the Voltaire's,
      • the Blackbuck's,
      • the Dancies,
      • Mr. Whitebait,
      • the Fishguard's,
      • Maurice Flink,
      • the Hammerhead's.
    • Guests from West Egg included:
      • the Poles,
      • the Catlip's,
      • James B. ("Rot-gut") Ferret.
  • 5.
      • Other guests included:
      • Francis Bull and George Duckweed (theatrical people),
      • Klipspringer (who came so often he was called the boarder),
      • the Chromes, the Backhysson's, S.W. Belcher, Miss Haag, P. Jewett, and Claudia Hip.
  • 6. Nick gets to know Gatsby
    • Nick begins to tell about the first time Gatsby comes to his home.
    • He has arrived in his elegant automobile to take Nick into the city for lunch.
    • During the drive, Gatsby asks Nick,
    • “ What's your opinion of me anyhow?”
  • 7. Gatsby is….
    • He first says he is the son of a wealthy family from the “middle-west.”
    • He then adds he was educated at Oxford,
  • 8. Gatsby continues….
    • He inherited a great deal of money, and then “lived like a young raja in all the capitals of Europe...
      • collecting jewels,
      • hunting big game,
      • painting a little...
      • and trying to forget something very sad that had happened…..
  • 9.
    • He then tells about joining the war in hopes of getting killed,
    • but instead he receives decorations for his bravery from every Allied government.
    • Nick's first reaction is to laugh
  • 10.
    • Then his neighbor pulls out a war medal from Montenegro, and to Nick's astonishment, it almost looks real.
    Proof * Montenegro is a country located in southeastern Europe. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the south, and borders Croatia on the west, Bosnia and Herzegovina on the northwest, Serbia on the northeast and Albania on the southeast
  • 11. More Proof
    • “Here's another thing I always carry. A souvenir of Oxford days.”      
    • It was a photograph of half a dozen young men ….
    • There was Gatsby, looking a little, not much, younger - with a cricket bat in his hand.
  • 12.
    • “I'm going to make a big request of you to-day, so I thought you ought to know something about me. I didn't want you to think I was just some nobody.”
    • Nick then learns that Gatsby will not make his request personally. Instead, he has asked Jordan Baker to discuss the matter with Nick at tea.
    Gatsby Needs a Favor
  • 13. Lunch
    • In a well - fanned Forty-second Street cellar I met Gatsby for lunch
    • Nick finds him seated with Meyer Wolfsheim, a man in his fifties who wears human molars as cuff links.
    • During their meal, Wolfsheim broods about Rosy Rosenthal's murder at the Metropole years before
  • 14. “ Rosy” Rosenthal
    • Rosy Rosenthal (an actual gangster) was killed in a hail of machinegun bullets as he stepped outside the dining room of the old Metropol Hotel in 1913
    • This same hotel is now known as the Casablanca Hotel
  • 15.
    • After lunch, Gatsby tells Nick that Wolfsheim is the man who fixed the World Series in 1919.
    • Nick, with his proper Midwestern upbringing, is shocked.
  • 16. Tea with Jordan
    • Jordan begins telling Nick a story about Daisy when they were both young girls back in Louisville in 1917.
    • Daisy, at age 18, was the richest and most popular girl in town.
    • One spring day Jordan spied her sitting in her white roadster with a handsome lieutenant, whom Daisy introduced as Jay Gatsby.
  • 17. Daisy Loses Gatsby
    • Soon, however, rumors circulated about Daisy trying to run away to say good-bye to a soldier who was going overseas,
    • but her family stopped her….
    • Daisy seemed to brood for a few months, but by autumn she appeared as happy as ever…..
  • 18. Daisy Rises Again
    • She had a debut after the Armistice
    • In February she was presumably engaged to a man from New Orleans.
    • In June she married Tom Buchanan of Chicago, with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville ever knew before.
  • 19. Tom & Daisy Wed
    • He came down with a hundred people in four private cars
    • Hired a whole floor of the Seelbach Hotel
    • The day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars.
  • 20. Married Life
    • Daisy married Tom Buchanan and soon began their lengthy travels.
    • Almost immediately, Tom started to see other women
    • Daisy‘s misery began.
  • 21.
    • When Jordan Baker had finished telling all this we had left the Plaza
    • and were driving in a victoria through Central Park.
    • They heard people singing “I'm the Sheik of Araby. Your love belongs to me. At night when you're are asleep Into your tent I'll creep...”
    * Victoria: a low, light, four-wheeled carriage
  • 22. Gatsby’s Request
    • Jordan surprises Nick by telling him that “Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.”
    • “Then it had not been merely the stars to which he had aspired on that June night. He came alive to me, delivered suddenly from the womb of his purposeless splendor.”      
  • 23.
    • “ He wants to know if you'll invite Daisy to your house some afternoon and then let him come over.”
    • The modesty of the demand shook me. He had waited five years and bought a mansion….. so that he could “come over.” some afternoon to a stranger's garden.
  • 24.
    • “ Why didn't he ask you to arrange a meeting?”
    • “ He wants her to see his house,” she explained. “And your house is right next door.”
    • “ I don't want to do anything out of the way!” he kept saying. “I want to see her right next door.”
  • 25.
    • “ And Daisy ought to have something in her life,” murmured Jordan to me.
    • “ Does she want to see Gatsby?”      
    • “ She's not to know about it. Gatsby doesn't want her to know. You're just supposed to invite her to tea.”
  • 26. Conclusion
    • We passed a barrier of dark trees, and then the facade of Fifty-ninth Street, a block of delicate pale light, beamed down into the park….
    • I drew up the girl beside me, tightening my arms. Her wan, scornful mouth smiled, and so I drew her up again closer, this time to my face.