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caralyn93 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 9, 2010 at 3:48 PM via web

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Identify Catherine and Mr. & Mrs. McKee

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lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted February 9, 2010 at 5:41 PM (Answer #2)

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Catherine is Myrtle Wilson's sister. When Tom, Nick and Myrtle go to New York City, they have a party at the apartment Tom keeps for the purpose of his and Myrtle's affair. The McKees are also at the party, and are not exactly pleasant people. The whole group gets drunk, Tom breaks Myrtle's nose when she won't stop saying "Daisy"...it is quite a scene.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 9, 2010 at 5:44 PM (Answer #3)

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Catherine is the sister of Myrtle Wilson, the lover of Tom Buchanan.  The McKees are people who live in the same building as the apartment that Buchanan seems to have rented for himself and Myrtle.  Mr. McKee is a photographer. 

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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted January 27, 2015 at 4:15 PM (Answer #5)

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Tom takes Nick and Myrtle to New York City for a party. They stay at the Morningside Heights Apartments, where Tom has an apartment for his affair with Myrtle. At the party, Catherine, is there. Catherine is the sister of Myrtle Wilson. Nick describes her as having bright red hair and wearing a lot of make up. She talks to Nick about Jay Gatsby. Also at the party are Mr. and Mrs. McKee. Lucille McKee is described by Nick as shrill, languid, handsome and horrible. She is always trying to get her husband to notice something he may enjoy photographing. Chester McKee is a pale, feminine man. He works as a photographer and he spends most of the party trying to get Tom to invest in some business for him.

At the party they all drink too much and talk about Gatsby. Nick says this is only the second time in his that he has gotten drunk. He ends up leaving the party with Mr. McKee, both of them very drunk. 

What is interesting is that at this party we see a glimpse into the kind of man Tom really is. He is very wealthy and he feels that nothing can ever touch him. We learn later on that no matter how much money you have, bad things are going to happen. 

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