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  • 1. The Great Gatsby Chapter 3
  • 2. Gatsby’s Parties
    • THERE was music from my neighbor's house through the summer nights.
    • In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.
  • 3.
    • On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight,
    • while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains.
  • 4. The Invitation
    • “I had been actually invited.”
    • Gatsby sent his chauffeur next door with a formal invitation to Nick to attend a “little party” on Saturday night.
  • 5. During the party…
    • Nick looks several times unsuccessfully for Gatsby in order to formally introduce himself
    • He finally finds Jordan Baker.
    • “Welcome or not, I found it necessary to attach myself to some one before I should begin to address cordial remarks to the passers-by.”
  • 6. Who is Gatsby?
    • “Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once.”
    • “it's more that he was a German spy during the war.”
    • “it couldn't be that, because he was in the American army during the war.”
    • “You look at him sometimes when he thinks nobody's looking at him. I'll bet he killed a man.”
  • 7. “ Owl Eyes”
    • Nick visits the library and meets a middle-age man, who has been drinking for a week and who wears “enormous owl-eyed spectacles”
    • The man is absolutely amazed that the titles in Gatsby's library are actually real books with real pages. “Absolutely real - have pages and everything.”
  • 8. Nick Meets Gatsby
    • "Your face is familiar," he said, politely.
    • "Weren't you in the Third Division during the war?“
    • “Why, yes. I was in the Ninth Machine-gun Battalion.”
    • "I was in the Seventh Infantry…..I knew I'd seen you somewhere before."
  • 9.
    • “This is an unusual party for me. I haven't even seen the host. I live over there...” I waved my hand at the invisible hedge in the distance, “and this man Gatsby sent over his chauffeur with an invitation.” For a moment he looked at me as if he failed to understand.  
    • “I'm Gatsby,” he said suddenly.
    • “What!” I exclaimed. “Oh, I beg your pardon.”
    • “I thought you knew, old sport. I'm afraid I'm not a very good host.”
  • 10.
    • Almost at the moment when Mr. Gatsby identified himself, a butler hurried toward him with the information that Chicago was calling him on the wire. He excused himself with a small bow that included each of us in turn.      
    • “If you want anything just ask for it, old sport," he urged me. "Excuse me. I will rejoin you later.”
  • 11. Nick Asks Jordan
    • “Who is he?” I demanded.
    • “Do you know?”
    • “He's just a man named Gatsby.”
    • “Where is he from, I mean? And what does he do?”
    • “Now YOU'RE started on the subject,” she answered with a wan smile. “Well, he told me once he was an Oxford man.”
    • A dim background started to take shape behind him, but at her next remark it faded away.
    • “However, I don't believe it.”
  • 12.
    • Gatsby's butler was suddenly standing beside us.
    • “ Miss Baker?” he inquired. “I beg your pardon, but Mr. Gatsby would like to speak to you alone.” 
    • “ With me?” she exclaimed in surprise.
    • “ Yes, madame.”
  • 13. Nick is Alone Again
    • Nick realizes it is nearly 2 a.m.
    • He wanders around the party, listening to the conversations.
    • “I looked around. Most of the remaining women were now having fights with men said to be their husbands.”
    • After Jordan returns, Nick decides to thank Gatsby and go home.
  • 14. Conclusion
    • Nick closes the chapter with explanations about himself, to fill in his life between the parties.
    • Most of his time is spent working and studying about investments.
    • He says he is learning to like the “racy feel” of New York, but dreams of finding a romantic attachment.
  • 15.
    • He also reveals that he has dated Jordan Baker and developed a “tenderness” for her.
    • He was shocked, however, to learn that she was “incurably dishonest” and terribly careless.
    • At least Jordan admits that she "hates careless people. That's why I like you."
    • Despite their mutual interest in one another, the noble Nick puts the brakes on their relationship because he has still not settled his feelings for the girl at home.
    • Nick ends the chapter by proudly stating he is the only honest person he knows.

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