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Flashcards in American Dream Deck (22):
1

Hope

Extraordinary gift for home

2

Foul dust

It was what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams

3

Stretched

Stretched out his arms towards the dark water...trembling....distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far away

4

Ashes

Ashes grow like wheat...grotesque gardens...ash-grey men

5

Colossal

Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had now vanished forever

6

Colossal vitality

Daisy tumbled short of his dreams - not throw her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion

7

Parents

His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people - his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all

8

Platonic

Sprang from his platonic conceptions of himself

9

Invented

So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent

10

Nobody

'My Nobody from Nowhere'

11

Broken

'Jay Gatsby' had broken up like glass against Tom's hard malice, and the long secret extravaganza was played out

12

Fresh, green

Dutch sailor's eyes - a fresh, green breast of the new world

13

Vanished trees

It's vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby's house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dream

14

Capacity

Face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder

15

Orgastic

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year receded before us

16

Boats

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past

17

Incomplete a vessel {Jim Cullen}

'Any American Dream is too incomplete a vessel to contain longings that elude human expression and comprehension' ~ Jim Cullen

18

Everything {Fitzgerald}

'Everything is possible...I am in the land of ambition and success' ~ Fitzgerald wrote to Zelda, at 23 when he first moved to New York

19

Suck

Suck on the pap of life, gulp down the incomparable milk of wonder

20

Swimming

'Marble swimming pool'

21

Left breast

'Her left breast was swinging loose like a flap'

22

Story

This has been a story of the West, after all