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Does anyone have quotes from chapter 7 of "The Great Gatsby," specifically...

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lindzbug1990 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 28, 2008 at 4:14 AM via web

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Does anyone have quotes from chapter 7 of "The Great Gatsby," specifically the scene where Gatsby takes the blame for Myrtle's death?

I'm trying to show how this can both make him a good and bad person, but I desperately need a quote.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 28, 2008 at 5:08 AM (Answer #1)

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Do you not have a copy of the book to work from? If you do, then read over chapter 7 a couple of times to find just the right text for what you want to express.

In case you don't have the book, here's an excerpt from chapter 7:

I hadn’t gone twenty yards when I heard my name and Gatsby stepped from between two bushes into the path....

“What are you doing?” I inquired.

“Just standing here, old sport.”...

“Did you see any trouble on the road?” he asked after a minute.


He hesitated.

“Was she killed?”


“I thought so; I told Daisy I thought so. It’s better that the shock should all come at once. She stood it pretty well.”

As Nick says, "He spoke as if Daisy’s reaction was the only thing that mattered." Gatsby is more concerned about Daisy's feelings than the fact that a woman has just been killed. Gatsby tells Nick that he is going to watch the house until he is sure Daisy has gone to bed, perhaps a way to assure himself that she is all right. In that sense, you could point out his goodness in that he does care for her well-being. However, that cannot excuse his callousness over Myrtle's death.


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airforce1 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 13, 2009 at 1:18 PM (Answer #2)

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Nick: ‘“Was Daisy driving?”’

Gatsby: ‘“Yes, but of course I’ll say I was.”’ (Fitzgerald 137).    

Chapter 7 - near the end 


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