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New York, 1922Nick Carraway: "New York, 1922, the tempo of the city had changed sharply. The buildings were higher. The parties were bigger. The morals were looser and the liquor was cheaper. The restlessness approached. Hysteria."
Nick Carraway provides an overview of the times they live in. It was the roaring 20s, a perfect time for an extravagant and rich fellow like Jay Gatsby to live the good life.
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Major Jay GatsbyJay Gatsby: "I will tell you God's truth, God's truth about myself. I am the son of some very wealthy people. Sadly they're all dead now. I've lived in all the capitals of Europe collecting jewels, hunting big game, painting a little. Then came the war, old sport. Every allied government gave me a decoration."
Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby: [together] "Major Jay Gatsby for valor extraordinary"
Jay Gatsby: "That's right."
Driving around in a fancy car, Gatsby tells Nick a little bit about himself. He recollects his worldly past as well as his war medals, not that he is humble about any of it.
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Grand Vision for LifeNick Carraway: "Gatsby, he had a grand vision for his life since he was a boy. No amount of fire could challenge the fairy tale he had stored up in his heart. He had an extraordinary sense of hope but I had the uneasy feeling that he was guarding secrets. It had gone beyond her. It had gone beyond everything."
Nick Carraway comments on his impression of Gatsby in that Gatsby always had high hopes for a high class life but is far from reproach. Nick thinks Gatsby is hiding something and has taken things too far in trying to recreate the perfect past he once had with Daisy.
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I WishDaisy Buchanan: "I wish we could just run away… I wish I had done everything on earth with you."
Daisy looks back on the past and remarks of how she wishes she would have stayed with Gatsby as well as how she wishes they could just run away now. Like Gatsby, she too views the past as something they cherish and wishes their future could be with one another.
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