The Great Gatsby chapter 5 notes



  • Time
  • the past
  • love 
  • wealth


  • "a man in a raincoat, dragging a lawnmower...Mr Gatsby had sent him over to cut my grass"- wealth
  • "I had forgotten to tell my Finn to come back"- the past?
  • "soggy whitewashed alleys"- the past?
  • "to buy some cups and lemons and flowers"- syndetic list- wealth
  • "a greenhouse arrived fro Gatsby's, with innumerable receptacles to contain it"- wealth
  • "Gatsby in a white flannel suit, silver shirt and gold-coloured tie hurried in- wealth
  • "He was pale, and there were dark signs of sleeplessness beneath his eyes"- love
  • "is everything alright?" he asked immediately", "what grass" he enquired blankly"- time? the past?
  • "he looked out the window at it, but, judging from his expression, I don't believe he saw a thing"- time?
  • "looks very good," he remarked vaugely"- time?


  • "the exhilherating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain. I had to follow the sound of it for a moment, up and down, with my ear alone before any words came through. A damp streak of hair lay like a dash of blue paint across her cheek and her hand was wet with glistening drops as I took it to help her from the car"- pages 54-55
  • "exhilerating"- page 8 "thrilling voice"
  • "ripple"- out of her control- skipping stones- water like- not quite sincere- fading- triggering?
  • "wild tonic"- energetic- strong- alchoholic- as if Nick is getting drunk by listening
  • "I had to follow the sound of it for a moment, up and down, with my ear alone"- chapter 1, page 8- "it was the kind of voice that the ear follows up and down"
  • "like a dash of blue paint"- similie- like artwork
  • "glistening"- "bright"


  • "two o'clock"
  • "would you rather put it off for a few days"
  • "that night"
  • "at eleven o'clock"
  • "as of a series of alarming happenings were taking place outside"
  • "it's too late"
  • "at two o'clock"
  • "I haven't made use of it all summer"
  • "I'm going to call up Daisy tomorrow"
  • "what day would suit you?"
  • "how about the day after tomorrow"
  • "it wouldn't take up much of your time"
  • "or for how many hours he "glanced into rooms"
  • "I called up Daisy from the office the next morning"
  • "the day agreed upon was pouring with rain"
  • "the rain cooled about half-past three"
  • "peering towards the bleared windows from time to time"
  • "it's too late!"
  • "he looked at his watch as if there was some pressing demand on his time elsewhere"
  • "I can't wait all day"
  • "it's just two minuites to four"
  • "spend an hour"- "come back in an hour"
  • "for half a minuite"
  • "rested against the face of a defunct mantle piece clock"
  • "his eyes glanced momentarily at me"
  • "the clock took this momebt to tilt dangerously at the pressure of his head"
  • "I'm sorry about the clock"
  • "it's an old clock"
  • "we all believed for a moment that it had smashed into peices on the floor"
  • "five years next november"
  • "we…


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