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In chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby, what does George Wilson learn?

In chapter 7, George Wilson is shocked to learn that his wife, Myrtle, is having an affair. He does not yet know that Myrtle is having an affair with Tom. Wilson has locked Myrtle in her room and tells Tom that they intend to move west.

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George Wilson discovers that his wife, Myrtle, has been having an affair. He does not know with whom, but he acts quickly to lock Myrtle inside her room to prevent her from leaving him. He tells Tom they intend to go west, whether Myrtle wants to or not. “I just got wised up to something funny,” he says. It becomes evident to Nick that George does not know that his wife is involved with Tom, which is why he talks so freely about his revelation.

George had previously had no clue about his wife’s infidelity. Whenever she had plans with Tom, she told her husband that she was going to see her sister. He had no reason not to trust her, so he believed every story she told him. Now, he is having trouble breathing, and his face looks green because he is so devastated by this shocking news. Ironically, George unknowingly confides in his wife’s lover, which adds to the pathos of the scene. The reader cannot help but feel sorry for George.

Fitzgerald juxtaposes George’s discovery with Tom’s...

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