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What are quotes in chapter 2 of The Great Gatsby about Nick Carraway?

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Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:54 AM via iOS

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What are quotes in chapter 2 of The Great Gatsby about Nick Carraway?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 23, 2013 at 3:35 AM (Answer #1)

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Chapter two of The Great Gatsby is the place where readers learn that Nick is not a drinker. He reports, "I have been drunk just twice in my life, and the second time was that afternoon" as Nick visited Tom and Myrtle Wilson's New York City apartment. The end result of that fact is that Nick's memory of the afternoon's events "has a dim, hazy cast over it."

Nick demonstrates his ability to be a good listener several times during the chapter, as he becomes involved in discussions with Myrtle's sister Catherine and Myrtle. Topics include Daisy's religion - "Daisy was not  a Catholic, and I was a little shocked at the elaborateness of the lie";  andthe history of the relationship between Myrtle and Tom - "suddenly her warm breath poured over me the story of her first meeting with Tom".

Nick also demonstrates his kindness toward others, helping the very drunk Mr. McKee into his bed in his apartment on a floor below Tom and Myrtle's apartment before he makes his way to the train station to await "the four o'clock train" back to West End.


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