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From socialites and debutantes to the famous and the infamous, Gatsby's parties draw only the most fashionable of people. One fellow, Klipspringer, in fact, was at Gatsby's house so often and so long that he became known as simply "the boarder. One late July morning, Gatsby arrives at Nick's and announces they are having lunch that day in New York. During the "disconcerting ride" to the city, Gatsby attempts to clear the record about his past so that Nick wouldn't "get a wrong idea" by listening to the rumors. Nick is suspicious, however, when he hears Gatsby reveal that he was born into a wealthy Midwest family in San Francisco and educated at Oxford, "a family tradition.
Read This Sample. He had jotted down the names on a railroad time table. Belcher, Miss Haag, P. Jewett, and Claudia Hip. Nick turns from the long list to tell about the first time Gatsby comes to his home. He has arrived in his elegant automobile to take Nick into the city for lunch. So does the picture of Gatsby supposedly taken in front of Oxford when he in school there.
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Book Guides. Our citation format in this guide is chapter. We're using this system since there are many editions of Gatsby, so using page numbers would only work for students with our copy of the book. To find a quotation we cite via chapter and paragraph in your book, you can either eyeball it paragraph beginning of chapter; middle of chapter; on: end of chapter , or use the search function if you're using an online or eReader version of the text. New rumors circulate — that Gatsby is a bootlegger and that he is the nephew of German General von Hindenburg a successful military commander in the war.
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Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby. The fictional character, a millionaire and the owner of a luxurious mansion where extravagant parties are often hosted, is described by the novel's narrator, Nick Carraway , as being "the single most hopeful person I've ever met". James Gatz hails from rural North Dakota ,  and was born about into a poor farmer family. He attended St. Olaf College but dropped out a few weeks into his first semester because he hated supporting himself by working as a janitor. Cody became Gatz's mentor and invited him to join his ten-year yacht trek.