The Lights Are On… When Nick returns home from his date in the city with Jordan Baker, Gatsbys house is ablaze with lights from tower to cellar, but there is no party and no sound. As my taxi groaned away I saw Gatsby walking toward me across his lawn. “Your place looks like the Worlds Fair,” I said.
Gatsby is anxious Gatsby invites Nick for a swim… but there is clearly something else on his mind Nick realizes that he is waiting to hear about Daisy “Im going to call up Daisy to-morrow and invite her over here to tea.”
“I carry on a little business on the side…” “Well, this would interest you. It wouldnt take up much of your time and you might pick up a nice bit of money. It happens to be a rather confidential sort of thing.” Because the offer was obviously and tactlessly for a service to be rendered, I had no choice except to cut him off there.
Nick Invites DaisyI called up Daisy from the office next morning, and invited her to come to tea. “Dont bring Tom,” I warned her. “What?” “Dont bring Tom.” “Who is Tom?” she asked innocently.
Preparing for On the morning ofDaisy Daisys visit, scheduled for 4:00 p.m., it is pouring rain, but a gardener, sent by Gatsby, still comes and cuts Nicks grass. At 2:00 p.m., a virtual greenhouse of flowers, complete with containers, arrives from Gatsby.
Gatsby Waits At 3:00 p.m., Gatsby, looking nervous and tired, arrives, dressed in a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold tie. He tries unsuccessfully to calm his nerves by reading.
Daisy Arrives Under the dripping bare lilac-trees a large open car was coming up the drive. It stopped. Daisys face, tipped sideways beneath a three-cornered lavender hat, looked out at me with a bright ecstatic smile.
Where is Gatsby? When Daisy and Nick enter the house, Gatsby has disappeared. She turned her head as there was a light dignified knocking at the front door. I went out and opened it. Gatsby, pale as death, with his hands plunged like weights in his coat pockets, was standing in a puddle of water glaring tragically into my eyes.
Awkward MomentsNick leaves them alone for a little while.Gatsby is reclining against the mantel in a “strained counterfeit of perfect ease or boredom...and his distraught eyes stared down at Daisy, who was sitting frightened but gracefully on the edge of a stiff chair.”
Daisy says that she has not seen Gatsby for many yearsGatsby immediately adds that it has been five years next November, betraying his devotion to Daisy.Fortunately, the awkward moment is broken with the Finnish housekeeper
“This is a terrible mistake” Gatsby is nervous, and so is Daisy Gatsby tries to leave, but Nick convinces him to stay Nick leaves them alone again When Nick rejoins the pair in the living room, Daisy is wiping her eyes, which are filled with tears Gatsby, on the other hand, is glowing.
“I want you and Daisy to come over to my house”Gatsby gives Nick and Daisy a tour of his homedressing-roomspoolroomsbathrooms
Gatsby’s Bedroom His bedroom was the simplest room of all - except where the dresser was garnished with a toilet set of pure dull gold.
WardrobeHe took out a pile of shirts and began throwing them, one by one, before usWhile we admired he brought more and the soft rich heap mounted higher
Daisy Reacts Suddenly, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry. “Theyre such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds.
OutsideAfter the house, we were to see the groundsand the swimming-pooland the hydroplaneand the mid-summer flowers
Well have Klipspringer play the piano Klipspringeris known as “the boarder” because he is always at Gatsby’s parties and seems to live at the mansion
Nick Leaves They had forgotten me, but Daisy glanced up and held out her hand Gatsby didnt know me now at all. I looked once more at them and they looked back at me, remotely, possessed by intense life