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In chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby, what ironic situation is occuring on the drive to town?

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ignorantsavage | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 24, 2008 at 10:38 AM via web

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In chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby, what ironic situation is occuring on the drive to town?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 24, 2008 at 12:03 PM (Answer #1)

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On the drive into New York, Tom discovers that Myrtle is going to be moving away with her husband.  Ironically, Tom seems to be losing both his wife and his mistress in the same afternoon.  Also, the same thing is happening to both Tom and Wilson.  They both have discovered that their wives are leading secret lives.

While this turn of events is happening, a series of ironic misunderstandings are also happening.  Myrtle sees Jordan and assumes that she is Daisy.  George sees Gatsby's car and assumes that it is Tom's. 

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