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Chapter One The novel begins with a personal note by the narrator Nick Carraway He relates that he has a tendency to reserve all judgments against people and that he has been conditioned to be understanding toward those who havent had his advantages Carraway came from a prominent family from the Midwest graduated from Yale and fought in the Great War After the war and a period of restlessness he decided to go East to learn the bond business At the books beginning Carraway has just arrived in New York living in West Egg village He was going to have dinner with Tom Buchanan and his wife Daisy Tom was an enormously wealthy man and a noted football player at Yale and Daisy was Carraways second cousin Jordan mentions that since Carraway lives in West Egg he must know Gatsby Another woman Jordan Baker is also there She tells Nick that Tom is having an affair with some woman in New York Tom discusses the book The Rise of the Colored Empires which claims that the colored races will submerge the white race eventually Daisy talks to Carraway alone and claims that she has become terribly cynical and sophisticated After visiting with the Buchanans Carraway goes home to West Egg where he sees Gatsby come from his mansion alone looking at the sea He stretches out his arms toward the water looking at a faraway green light Chapter Two Fitzgerald begins this second chapter with the description of a road running between West Egg and New York City A large decaying billboard showing two eyes advertising an optometrists practice overlooks the desolate area It is here at a gas station where Tom Buchanan introduces Nick Carraway to Myrtle Wilson the woman with whom he is having an affair Myrtle herself is married to George B Wilson an auto mechanic Tom has Myrtle meet them in the city where Tom buys her a dog They
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