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In chapter 5 of the great gatsby Who is Mr. Klipspringer

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julie118 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted November 2, 2011 at 10:52 PM via web

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In chapter 5 of the great gatsby Who is Mr. Klipspringer

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 2, 2011 at 11:08 PM (Answer #1)

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Mr. Klipspringer is a "boarder" in Jay Gatsby's house. He lives, mostly upstairs, in some of the extra and unneeded rooms in the mansion. There is no explanation of exactly how he came to take up residence with Gatsby or what he does aside from engaging in "liver exercises on the floor" and playing the piano, badly according to himself but quite acceptably for background music according to Gatsby's orders. Gatsby calls him Ewing; the name Klipspringer probably is meant to convey Fitzgerald's portrayal of him as a parasite, one who takes all he can but gives nothing back in return.

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