QUOTATION ACTIVITY

THE GREAT GATSBY Ch 6 - 9

Each of the following excerpts is taken from the novel and has great significance in terms of one or more of the following:

  For each quote

  1.   "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."  99

  2. "He didn't get it." 101 

  3. "By God, I may be old-fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suit me.  They meet all kinds of crazy fish."  1O4

  4. "She saw something awful in the very simplicity she failed to understand."  108

  5. "Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously.  "Why of course you can!" 111

  6. "I wanted sonmeone who wouldn't gossip.  Daisy comes over quite often --in the afternoons."  114

  7. "I've been here too long.  I want to get away.  My wife and I want to go West."  123

  8. "There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind and as we drove away Tom was feeling the hot whips of panic."  12

  9. "Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions, and next they'll throw everything overboard and haveintermarriage between black and white."  13O

  10. From the ballroom beneath, muffled and suffocating chords were drifting up on hot waves of air."  133

  11. "...only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily, undespairingly, toward that lost voice across the room."  135

  12. "So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight." 137

  13. "Oh, my Ga-od! Oh, my Ga-od! Oh, Ga-od! Oh, my Ga-od!  140

  14. "So I walked away and left him standing there in the moonlight--watching over nothing."  146

  15. "They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn.  "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together." 154

  16. "God sees everything."  160

  17. "You see, they're tennis shoes, and I'm sort of helpless without them."  17O

  18. "He had shown it so often that I think it was more real to him now than the house itself."  173

  19. "I knew I had guessed right about those missing hours."  18O

  20. "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up thingsand creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made..."  181

  21. "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselesslyinto the past."  182