• The Great Gatsby

  • Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;

  • If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,

  • Till she cry “Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,

  • I must have you!”

  • — THOMAS PARKE D'INVILLIERS

  • Chapter 1

  • Nick Carraway

    In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.

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    Father

    “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,”

  • Nick Carraway

    he told me,

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    Father

    “just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.”

  • Nick Carraway

    He didn't say any more but we've always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that.

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  • In consequence I'm inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores.

  • The abnormal mind is quick to detect and attach itself to this quality when it appears in a normal person, and so it came about that in college I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men.

  • Nick Carraway

    Most of the confidences were unsought—

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  • frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon—

  • for the intimate revelations of young men or at least the terms in which they express them are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions.

  • Nick Carraway

    Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope.

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  • I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.

  • And, after boasting this way of my tolerance, I come to the admission that it has a limit.