Identify the speaker, plot and significance of the following quotes from The Great Gatsby1. "Look here, old sport, you've got to get somebody for me. You've got to try hard 2. "She never loved...

Identify the speaker, plot and significance of the following quotes from The Great Gatsby

1. "Look here, old sport, you've got to get somebody for me. You've got to try hard

2. "She never loved you, do you hear?" he cried. "She only married you because i was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved any one except me!"

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Both of these quotes are said by Gatsby - sort of. The first one, Nick imagines Gatsby saying at his funeral. Nick has been going crazy trying to "get people" to come to Gatsby's funeral. He calls up everyone he thinks should come, and they all make excuses. So he is looking at Gatsby's dead body and imagining Gatsby talking to him and saying, "Look here, old sport, you've got to get somebody for me. You've got to try hard. I can't go through this alone" (meaning he cannot go through his funeral alone).

The second quote is also said by Gatsby. He is talking to Tom. He is trying to convince Tom that Daisy never loved him. Nick, Jordan and Daisy are all there listening as Gatsby goes on a type of rant, telling Tom that Daisy never loved him. He encourages Daisy to agree with him, to tell Tom the same thing. At first Daisy does tell Tom she never loved him, but Tom presses her. He reminds her of intimate times that they had at the beginning of their marriage, and finally Daisy breaks down. She tells Gatsby, "I love you now, isn't that enough?" But it isn't enough for Gatsby. He wants to know that she never loved Tom, but Daisy finally admits that she can't say this -- she did love him once.

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