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Script – Chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby The Dinner Party
- T = Tom, Daisy’s husband
- D = Daisy, Nick’s cousin
- N = Nick, newly arrived to Long Island from Midwest
- J = Jordan, friend of Daisy’s
- T "I've got a nice place here. It belonged to Demaine the oil man. We'llgo inside." Nick and Tom go inside. Daisy rushes up to hug Nick.
- D "I'm paralyzed with happiness. Do [the people back home] miss me?"
- N "The whole town is desolate. All the cars have the left rear wheelpainted black as a mourning wreath and there's a persistent wail allnight along the North Shore."
- D "How gorgeous! Let's go back, Tom. Tomorrow! (to Nick) You ought to see the baby."
- N "I'd like to."
- D "She's asleep. She's two years old. Haven't you ever seen her?"
- N "Never."
- D "Well, you ought to see her. She's----"
- T "What you doing, Nick?"
- N "I'm a bond man."
- T "Who with?"
- N "[Smiths]"
- T "Never heard of them."
- N "You will. You will if you stay in the East."
- T "Oh, I'll stay in the East, don't you worry. I'd be a God Damned fool to live anywhere else."
- J "Absolutely!" she stands up and stretches "I'm stiff. I've been lying on that sofa for as long as I can remember."
- D "Don't look at me. I've been trying to get you to New York all afternoon." Servant brings in drinks
- J to servants "No, thanks. I'm absolutely in training."
- T "You are!? How you ever get anything done is beyond me."
- J to Nick "You live in West Egg. I know somebody there."
- N "I don't know a single----"
- J "You must know Gatsby."
- D "Gatsby? What Gatsby?" The four go in to dinner
- D "Why CANDLES? 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."
- J "We ought to plan something."
- D "All right. What'll we plan? What do people plan?" getting distracted,looking at her little finger "Look! I hurt it. You did it, Tom. I knowyou didn't mean to but you DID do it. That's what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great big hulking physical specimen of a----"
- T "I hate that word hulking, even in kidding."
- D "Hulking."
- N "You make me feel uncivilized, Daisy. Can't you talk about crops orsomething?"
- T "Civilization's going to pieces. I've gotten to be a terrible pessimistabout things. Have you read 'The Rise of the Coloured Empires' by this man Goddard?"
- N surprised/confused "Why, no."
- T "Well, it's a fine book, and everybody ought to read it. The idea is ifwe don't look out the white race will be--will be utterly submerged.It's all scientific stuff; it's been proved."
- D "Tom's getting very profound. He reads deep books with long words in them. What was that word we----"
- T impatient "Well, these books are all scientific. This fellow has workedout the whole thing. It's up to us who are the dominant race to watch out or these other races will have control of things."
- D whispering/annoyed "We've got to beat them down."
- J "You ought to live in California--"
- T "This idea is that we're Nordics. I am, and you are and you areand----" gestures towards Daisy "--and we've produced all the things that go to make civilization--oh, science and art and all that. Do you see?" telephone rings, butler leaves to get it
- D "I'll tell you a family secret. "It's about the butler's nose. Do you want to hear about the butler's nose?"
About this Document
The following document is a script created off of Chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby. It covers the scene of the dinner party from Nick's arrival until Daisy's short monologue after dinner. Stage directions have been included. It is a helpful tool for students who are more visual, and to help understand the behavior and personalities of the characters.