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1

Impersonal

Impersonal eyes in the absence of all desire

2

France

Spent a year in France for no particular reason....drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together

3

Secret

Asserted her membership to a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged

4

Ashes

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

5

Doctor Eckleburg

Under Doctor Eckleburg's persistent stare

6

Shoe

'I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn't fit to lick my shoe'

7

Suit

'He had on a dress suit and leather shoes, and I couldn't keep my eyes off him'

8

Condescending

Dignified homogeneity...East Egg condensing West Egg

9

Absurd

Whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd

10

Racy

Racy, adventurous feel of it at night

11

Labyrinth

Everybody had seen it...rich cream colour...labyrinth of wind-shields that mirrored a dozen suns

12

White heaps

'The city rising up across the river in white heaps and sugar lumps all built with a wish out of nonolfactory money

13

Appalled

Appalled by its raw vigour that chafed under the old euphemisms and by the too obtrusive fate that herded its inhabitants along a short-cut from nothing to nothing

14

Plan

'What'll we plan?'....'What do people plan?'

15

Voice

'Her voice is full of money'

16

Nobody

'Mr Nobody from Nowhere'

17

Circus

'Circus wagon'

18

Dust

Inexplicable amount of dust everywhere

19

Wealth

Gatsby was overwhelmingly aware of the youth and mystery that wealth imprisons and preserves...and of Daisy, gleaming like silver, safe and proud above the hot struggles of the poor

20

Ghosts

A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about...

21

Careless

They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness....and let other people clean up the mess they made

22

Limousine

'Limousine passed us, driven by a white chauffeur....two bucks and a girl.....I laughed aloud'