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In "The Great Gatsby", how old are Myrtle Wilson, George and Gatsby?Can you...

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lm22093408 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 5, 2009 at 2:14 PM via web

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In "The Great Gatsby", how old are Myrtle Wilson, George and Gatsby?

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dneshan | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted January 5, 2009 at 7:03 PM (Answer #1)

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Gatsby is really the only character in the novel whose age is actually hinted to by Nick. Nick goes through a detailed description of Gatsby and his "elaborate" way of speaking around chapter four. In this chapter, Nick specifically states that Gatsby is "a year or two over thirty." The reader can assume from this that most of the other characters are of the same age because they mention that they all went to college at around the same time (Nick, Tom). However, there is no evidence in the novel to tell the actual age of Myrtle or George Wilson. The reader can assume that they too would be around the same age as Gatsby -- thirtyish -- but this information is never provided.

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robthomp012095 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 11, 2011 at 3:16 AM (Answer #2)

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When Nick first sees Myrtle when Tom took him to Wilson's garage, Nick says she is a woman in her mid-thirties.

"His voice faded off and Tom glanced impatiently arounf the garage. Then I heard footsteps on a stairs, and in a moment the thickish figure of a woman blocked out the light from the office door. She was in the middle thirties......"

This quote was on the lower half of page 25 of my book, not sure if you have the same copy.

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