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Nick ends up, as was the case through most of the story, with mixed feelings towards Gatsby, partly feeling sorry for him and partly admiring his never-say-die attitude and optimism.
Nick certainly felt pity for Gatsby and the way his life played itself out. Nick had come to understand that Gatsby had never had any realistic chance to win Daisy, that the charade of being the incredibly sophisticated and wealthy easterner was exactly that - a charade, an act that Gatsby kept up to prevent those around him from discovering the truth.
And yet, Gatsby had always pressed onward. He never gave up, because he always thought this would work out better next time.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter-tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...And one fine morning-
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