Quotation Practice

You will have done one of these sections in class for exam practice.  Here you will find the other three I prepared.  So, you know, if you have a few minutes spare - have a go! Write down what the quotation reveals to the reader and the significance of  key words.



Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men. (pg 2)


The truth was that Jay Gatsby, of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. He was a son of God-a phrase which, if it means anything, means just that-and he must be about His Father's business, the service of a vast, vulgar, and meretricious beauty. So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end. (pg 98)


Gatsby looked at me questioningly. He wanted to go, and he didn’t see that Mr. Sloane had determined he shouldn’t. (pg 103)


He wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was. (pg 110)


He must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream. He must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass. A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about...like that ashen, fantastic figure gliding toward him through the amorphous trees. (pg 161)



“Do they miss me?” she cried ecstatically. (pg 9)


In two weeks it'll be the longest day in the year....Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it. (pg 11)


“Don’t bring Tom, “ I warned her.


“Don’t bring Tom.”

“Who is ‘Tom’?” she asked innocently.  (pg 83)


But the rest offended her – and inarguably, because it wasn’t a gesture but an emotion. She was appalled by West Egg, this unprecedented “place” that Broadway had begotten upon a Long Island fishing village – appalled by its raw vigor that chafed under the old euphemisms and by the too obtrusive fate that herded its inhabitants along a short-cut from nothing to nothing. She saw something awful in the very simplicity she failed to understand. (pg 107)


“[Daisy’s] voice is full of money,” he [Gatsby] said suddenly (pg 120)


I called up Daisy half an hour after we found him, called her instinctively and without hesitation. But she and Tom had gone away early that afternoon, and taken baggage with them. (pg 164)



[Tom] would drift on forever seeking, a little wistfully, for the dramatic turbulence of some irrecoverable football game. (pg 6)


“I’ve got a nice place here,” he said, his eyes flashing about relentlessly. (pg 7)


Civilization's going to pieces. I've gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things... The idea is if we don't look out the white race will be -- will be utterly submerged... It's up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things. Pg 12)


Making a short, deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand. (pg 37)


Tom’s arrogant eyes roamed the crowd (pg 104)


There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind, and as we drove away Tom was feeling the hot whips of panic. His wife and his mistress, until an hour ago secure and inviolate, were slipping precipitately from his control. (pg 125)


Angry as I [Nick] was, as we all were, I was tempted to laugh whenever [Tom] opened his mouth. The transition from libertine to prig was so complete. (pg 130)

Relationship of Daisy and Tom


They had spent a year in France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unsuccessfully wherever people played polo and were rich together (pg 6)


The telephone rang inside, startlingly, and as Daisy shook her head decisively at To the subject of stables, in fact all subjects, vanished into air. (pg 15)


I [Jordan] saw them in Santa Barbara when they came back [from honeymoon], and I thought I’d never seen a girl so mad about her husband… A week after I left Santa Barbara Tom ran into a wagon on the Ventura road one night, and ripped a front wheel off his car. The girl who was with him got into the papers, too, because her arm was broken – she was one of the Chambermaids in the Santa Barbara Hotel (pg 77)


“Oh, you want too much!” she cried to Gatsby. “I love you now – isn’t it enough? I can’t help what’s past.”  She began to sob helplessly. “I did love him once – but I loved you too.”…

“…--there’s things between Daisy and me that you’ll never know, things that neither of us can ever forget.” (pg 132)


Daisy and Tom were sitting opposite each other at the kitchen table....They weren't happy...yet they weren't unhappy either. There was an unmistakable air of natural intimacy about the picture, and anybody would have said that they were conspiring together. (pg145)


They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money of their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. (pg 179)

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