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In Chapter Four of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway remarks in his narration,
The modesty of the demand shook me. He had waited five years and bought a mansion where he dispensed starlight to casual moths--so that he could come over some afternoon to a stranger's garden.
In the previous chapter, Nick's narration includes a description of the lavish parties held by Gatsby at his opulent mansion. With such an ostentatious show of his Rolls Royce transporting people to and from the city, and his station wagon "scamper[ing] like a brisk yellow bug to meet all the trains" and maids and gardeners toiling all day in preparation along with the arrival of a "corps of caterers," it would be impossible for the Buchanans to not notice the activity of their neighbor. Then, too, outrageous rumors begin among the myriad guests, such as that of Gatsby's having killed a man and his being a nephew of Kaiser Wilhelm, rumors that would arouse the curiosity of the most jaded of neighbors.
All of Gatsby's efforts are meant to draw attention to himself in hopes that Daisy Buchanan's curiosity will be piqued to the point that she will wish to attend a party herself. The fact that Jordan Baker is a guest at the party in Chapter Three offers another lure to Daisy as Gatsby hopes that
sooner or later Jordan was going to yield him up her person to a greater or lesser degree. Instead of rambling this party had preserved a dignified homogeneity, and assumed to itself the function of representing the staid nobility of the countryside--East Egg condescending to West Egg, and carefully on guard against its spectroscopic gayety.
Clearly, Gatsby hopes that Jordan and Nick, friends of Daisy, will describe his parties and entice her to attend one, or at least, to invite him to East Egg and her "garden."
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