What stops Nick from calling to Gatsby at the end of chapter one? What does Gatsby’s “trembling” suggest?

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Nick is sitting out behind his house at night, having just returned from his dinner with Daisy, Tom, and Jordan. He's left his car and is looking out over the water, apparently processing the night's events. He sees a figure near the Gatsby mansion and assumes from its way of walking and standing that it is Gatsby himself.

Given that Jordan knows Gatsby, Nick decides that's enough of an introduction and is ready to call out to him. But, as Nick puts it:

he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone—he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way.

What also stops Nick is that Gatsby appears to be trembling: this suggests that he is emotionally moved. Nick realizes this is a private moment for his neighbor, and he has the sensitivity not to interfere.

There's a ghostly, mysterious quality to Gatsby on his first sighting. We don't know why he is reaching out toward the green light or what exactly makes him tremble. And then, all of a sudden, he seems to disappear:

When I looked once more for Gatsby he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness.

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The end of Chapter I of Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is the first time we actually see Gatsby. He is standing alone on his lawn, looking out over the water. Nick describes him as emerging from the shadow of his house, and describes his movements as "leisurely" (25). His hands are in his pockets and "the secure position of his feet upon the lawn" tell Nick this is Gatsby, the lord of all he surveys (25). Nick is about to call out to him, to introduce himself to his neighbor, but then Gatsby stretches out his arms toward the water, in the direction of a distant green light across the bay. He seems to be trembling. Nick sees this is clearly an intensely private moment and decides to leave Gatsby to it. Then Gatsby, having emerged from a shadow, slips back into one, and Nick is left alone in the night. We do not know why Gatsby might be trembling at this point, but we can feel in that tremble that he is yearning intensely for something, and that something is represented by the green light across the bay.

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