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Could you please tell me the meaning of "fresh" in the following excerpt from Chapter...

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coutelle | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 5, 2013 at 10:01 PM via web

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Could you please tell me the meaning of "fresh" in the following excerpt from Chapter Six of The Great Gatsby?

Perhaps some unbelievable guest would arrive, a person infinitely rare and to be marvelled at, some authentically radiant young girl who with one fresh glance at Gatsby, one moment of magical encounter, would blot out those five years of unwavering devotion.

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appletrees | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 6, 2013 at 3:16 AM (Answer #1)

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"Fresh" has held different cultural meanings over the last century, but most of these meanings and implications are related to the word being used to describe a young woman's looks. "Fresh" might mean smooth dewy skin or other signifiers of youth: high color, shiny hair, an energetic gait, bright eyes. Fitzgerald's writing is full of such descriptions of young women whose beauty is idealized. But the word also implies a gesture that is bold, daring, and often layered with sexual suggestion. It is not uncommon for a man's unwelcome sexually suggestive comments or actions towards a woman to be referred to as "fresh." In this passage, there are implications of vibrant, youthful beauty, but also of sexual innuendo and flirtation.


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