The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby
Chapter 1
updated 10 years ago by DenisePerdue
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College: First year
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narrator

The narrator of The Great Gatsby is a young man from Minnesota named Nick Carraway.

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Moral and tolerant

relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior

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Conservative aristrocratic

Unlike the conservative, aristocratic East Egg, West Egg is home to the “new rich,” those who, having made their fortunes recently, have neither the social connections nor the refinement to move among the East Egg set.

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lavish wealth

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too much money

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My family have been prominent, well-to-do people

successful and
wealthy

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Vulnerable: In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice...

weak, easy to be harmed, young

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Reserved: but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way...

to hold back, restrained in word and action

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privy: I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men.

aware, to learned about

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West Egg, Long Island NY

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Desolate: The whole town is desolate

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empty, no people

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gay: she had done gay, exciting things

happy, joyful

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ecstatically: “Do they miss me?” she cried ecstatically.

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overly excited

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pessimist: “I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things.

attitude to expect the worst possible results

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submerged: “Well, it’s a fine book, and everybody ought to read it. The idea is if we don’t look out the white race will be — will be utterly submerged.

hidden, suppressed

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devoid: Miss Baker and I exchanged a short glance consciously devoid of meaning.

to be without the usual

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Silhouette: The silhouette of a moving cat wavered across the moonlight.

noun, the outline of a body, dark like a shadow