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Owl Eyes is first seen in the library where he is extremely drunk. He talks to Nick and points out the library oddities. He was convinced that the books were fakes, but to his amazement, he found them to be authentic, "pages and everything". This reinforces the value of appearance in the story. Appearance vs. reality runs through this novel to the end. Gatsby is rich and successful to the eye, but upon closer inspection you find a very unhappy man covering up a broken heart. The accidents outside turn into a spectacle. A show of violence that is acceptable because entertaining to the spectators. They gather and murmur, point and stare. Then, they retreat to their own lives and leave the scene of violence behind them.
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