In Chapter VIII of The Great Gatsby, to what does Nick attribute his restless night of sleep?

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Chapter VIII begins with this passage:

I couldn't sleep all night; a fog-horn was groaning incessantly on the Sound, and I tossed half sick between grotesque reality and savage frightening dreams. Toward dawn I heard a taxi go up Gatsby's drive and immediately I jumped out of bed and began to dress--I felt that I had something to tell him, something to warn him about and morning would be too late.

There is a strong sense of danger in the passage; Nick can't sleep because he feels that Gatsby is somehow endangered. Nick has "something to tell him, something to warn him about," something so important it cannot wait until morning.

The clue in the passage that suggests the reasons for Nick's distress is the reference to "grotesque reality" and Nick's "savage frightening dreams." To...

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