Though we do not meet Gatsby until Chap. 3, we hear references to him in the conversations of others. Note each refererence. What impressions do you get?

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References to Gatbsy in the first two chapters come in conversation and in Nick's narrative. 

Gatsby is initially mentioned in the opening section of the novel, which acts as a preface:

"Gatsby who represented everything for which I have unaffected scorn."

"No - Gatsby turned out alright in the end."

In this section, we see that Nick's introduction to the story is also his introduction of the reader to Gatsby. It's worth noting that here the dynamic and complex views Nick ultimately takes regarding Gatsby are rather fully represented, the good, the bad, and the fullness of his grandeur. 

The next mention of Gatsby...

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