In The Great Gatsby, how does Nick get his invitation to Gatsby's party?

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Nick is rather privileged in that he actually receives an invitation to Gatsby's party. This doesn't happen too often. Most of the guests at Jay's legendary soirees just turn up, then proceed to avail themselves of their gracious host's lavish hospitality. But Nick is a special case; he gets the full Gatsby treatment. On the morning of the party, he receives a handwritten invitation from the man himself, hand-delivered by his chauffeur, who's wearing a rather smart uniform in robin's egg blue. Gatsby's very personal invitation foreshadows the relationship that will develop between the two men. Nick is not like all the others, all the freeloaders who take Gatsby for what they can get. He becomes a true friend to Jay, probably the only true friend Gatsby ever has.

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Nick's invitation to Gatsby's house in chapter three is hand-delivered by Gatsby's chauffeur on the Saturday morning of the huge party he will host that evening.  Having heard that Gatsby's guests "were not invited--they went there," Nick is surprised by his host's formality.  In the note, Gatsby explains that he has seen Nick several times and intended to call on him but hasn't had the opportunity.  What Nick won't realize until later is that he has been specially invited because he is Daisy Buchanan's cousin. Gatsby will use Nick's relationship with Daisy to inveigle a meeting with her.  Gatsby hopes to rekindle the relationship he started with Daisy in Louisville before the war and her marriage to Tom Buchanan, and he sees Nick as the man to engineer their reunion.  

Fitzgerald, F. Scott.  The Great Gatsby.  Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925.

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