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What does Nick mean in chapter 4 of The Great Gastby when he says, "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired"?

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about Jay Gatsby, a wealthy man who seems to have a cloak of secrecy about him. He lives in a beautiful mansion and throws lavish parties, but often he does not even know most of his guests.

Nick Carraway is the narrator of the book. He lives in a cottage on Gatsby’s estate and comes to know him better than the other characters in the novel do. In chapter 4, Nick says, "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired."

The scene takes place between Nick and Jordan. Nick is attracted to Jordan and begins to think about her romantically. However, Jordan continues to talk about Gatsby and Daisy . She tells Nick that she believes Gatsby throws his extravagant parties in the hope that Daisy will show up. She says, “I think he half expected her to wander into one of his parties, some night...but she never did.” So Gatsby had to devise another way to meet Daisy, and Jordan tells Nick that Gatsby would like to pursue a "chance encounter"...

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