What are all the metaphors and similes in the vivid description of activities at Nick's neighbor's house in the first paragraph of chapter 3?

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  1. 'men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars' is a simile which suggests the way people are drawn to the atmosphere of Gtasby's parties like moths are drawn to light (present in the 'stars' of the triplet). It also suggests how fickle these people are (none of them subsequently turn up for his funeral).
  2. 'his two motor boats slit the waters of the Sound' uses the word 'slit' metaphorically. It suggests the speed of the boats and their unimpeded progress through the water.
  3. 'his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains' is a simile which suggests the frenetic activity of the vehicle and also suggests its bulbous shape.

It is part of Fitzgerald's artistry that the imagery suggests a range of activities carried out at different paces. He really evokes the atmosphere for the reader.


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