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In Chapter 3 of "The Great Gatsby," how does Nick meet Gatsby?

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nene1990 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 10, 2008 at 9:54 AM via web

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In Chapter 3 of "The Great Gatsby," how does Nick meet Gatsby?

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podunc | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 10, 2008 at 10:20 AM (Answer #1)

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Nick is Gatsby's next-door neighbor. They both live in West Egg, a commuter town for New York City, and Gatsby's mansion sits next to Nick's rented "eye-sore." We do not know it at the time, but Gatsby has built his house on that particular spot in West Egg because it is directly across the water from Tom and Daisy Buchanan's place.

Their first meeting comes after Gatsby invites Nick to one of his extravagant parties. Nick is, in fact, "one of the few guests who had actually been invited" while others just show up to enjoy Gatsby's wealth. The invitation is carried over by a "chauffeur in a uniform of robin's egg blue" and is signed "in a majestic hand." At the party, Nick strikes up a conversation with "a man of about [his] age" who turns out to be a fellow WWI veteran. Later, Nick discovers that this unassuming man is Gatsby.

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