Dexter Green, the protagonist of "Winter Dreams" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has incredible dreams during the winter about his life plans. While he is young, he works as a caddy, and, during the winter, he spends his life on the snow-filled golf links with "fleeting brilliant impressions of the summer." Though the winter is dreary, he has glittering dreams when it's cold out. When he is young, he dreams of becoming a golf champion. As he gets older, the content of his dreams changes, but "the stuff of them remained." For example, he decides to go to a prestigious eastern university rather than attend a business course at the state college, even though he doesn't really have the money to go away to college.
Later, his dreams focus on winning over Judy Jones, a petulant girl who never settles for any one boyfriend. As Fitzgerald writes, "She was not a girl who could be 'won' in the kinetic sense--she was proof against cleverness, she was proof against charm." Dexter throws over his nice, dependable, solid girlfriend with whom he's about to be engaged for a summer month with Judy, after which time she leaves him and marries someone else. In the winter, he realizes that his life with Judy has been a folly. Eventually, Judy marries a brute, and her beauty fades. Her beautiful young self, like Dexter's hope to marry her, is only a dream. During the winter, Dexter concocts dreams of summer that he can never achieve. These are hopeful thoughts that do not actually come true when summer arrives.