What are the direct characterizations of Jay Gatsby in chapters 1 - 3?

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In Chapter one, Nick describes Gatsby as someone "with a heightened sensitivity to to the promises of life," possessed of "an extraordinary gift for hope" or a "romantic readiness." In other words, Gatsby is determined to make himself, and his life, into what he wants it to be. His persona as the mysterious man without a past is built on in chapter two, when Myrtle's sister Catherine speculates that Gatsby "is a nephew or cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm's." This thread is picked up again in Chapter three, when guests at Gatsby's party speculate that he "killed a man" or had been "a German spy."

In fact, Gatsby is best characterized by his possessions; much of...

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