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In Chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby, what ironic situation is occurring 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 occurring 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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thetall | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 26, 2015 at 1:41 PM (Answer #2)

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As they were about to leave there was an incident between Tom and Gatsby. Gatsby asked if they would all use his car but Tom suggests that he take Gatsby’s car into town while Gatsby follows in Tom’s car. Gatsby tries to object by asking if Tom’s car has enough gas and Tom responds,

“Plenty of gas,” as he looked at the gauge. “And if it runs out I can stop at a drug-store. You can buy anything at a drug-store nowadays.”

It is quite ironic that Tom decides to drive in Gatsby’s car when he knows that there is something going on between his wife and Gatsby—yet he allows Gatsby to drive off with Daisy in his car.

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