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Chapter 9

What is this chapter mainly about?

Nick describes Gatsby's father as he looks at a book from his son's childhood, "He was reluctant to close the book, reading each item aloud and then looking eagerly at me. I think he rather expected me to copy down the list for my own use."

What does "reluctant" mean in this context?

At one point, Nick says, "From the moment I telephoned news of the catastrophe to West Egg Village, every surmise about him, and every practical question, was referred to me."

What does "surmise" mean in the context of this passage?

Klispringer calls Nick requesting that he sends him a pair of shoes he left behind at Gatsby's. How does Nick react?

Later in the chapter, Nick is talking about Tom and says, "I couldn't forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified."

What does "justified" mean in this context?

Gatsby's father shows Nick a book that belonged to Gatsby when he was a teenager. What had Gatsby written inside the back cover?

Besides Gatsby's father and Nick, who else attends Gatsby's funeral?

Think back to Gatsby parties and consider Gatsby's funeral. What does this illustrate about Gatsby's life?

Four paragraphs from the end, Fitzgerald writes "Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby's house…."

What does "vanished" mean in this context?

Later in the same paragraph, Fitzgerald adds "…for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent…."

What does "transitory" mean in this context?

Look at the last few paragraphs of the book. What does Daisy's green light symbolize?

Were there any events that weren't clear to you?