In chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby, what happens to Myrtle?

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In chapter 7 of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Myrtle is killed in a tragic turn of events.

Things had taken a turn for the worse when Myrtle’s husband, George, discovered his wife was having an affair. He decided the best thing for their marriage was to...

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In chapter 7 of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Myrtle is killed in a tragic turn of events.

Things had taken a turn for the worse when Myrtle’s husband, George, discovered his wife was having an affair. He decided the best thing for their marriage was to head West. He admitted to his neighbor, Michaelis, that he was keeping Myrtle “locked up” in their home until he could save enough money to take her away. A couple of hours later, Michaelis heard Myrtle screaming at George before she rushed into traffic on the street.

Shortly thereafter, Tom, Nick, and Jordan come upon the scene, where Michaelis tells police that a big yellow car, going maybe fifty or sixty miles an hour, hit Myrtle. Tom knows that the car Michaelis describes belongs to Gatsby, and he assumes Gatsby was driving. However, it was Daisy driving the car that struck and killed Myrtle.

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As the group split up after the huge fight between Gatsby, Tom and Daisy, they drive different cars back to Tom's house on Long Island.  As they are racing home, Gatsby and Daisy are in a big yellow car that Tom normally drove.  Daisy is actually driving but they are going very fast, trying to get away from the painful nature of their fight.

But Myrtle sees the car and thinks that it is Tom and she races out to try and flag him down, probably hoping to escape with him since Wilson has found out about her affair and is planning to leave to go West with her.  Instead she is hit by the yellow car and killed and Tom comes across the body in the street as they are following Gatsby.

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