The Great Gatsby: Chapter 3

There was music from my neighbour’s house through the summer nights. (p.41) Nick sets the scene at the start of the chapter.
In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars. (p.41) The party scene is lyrically evoked.
“Somebody told me they thought he killed a man once.” (p.45) Dark rumours circulate about Gatsby.
“It’s more that he was a German spy during the war.” (p.45) A character called Lucille is quoted on the subject of Gatsby.
We all turned and looked around for Gatsby. (p.45) Where is the mysterious host?
“Your face is familiar,” he said politely. (p.48) Nick is addressed for the first time by the man who turns out to be Gatsby.
It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. (p.49) Gatsby makes a strongly positive first impression on Nick.
I could see nothing sinister about him. (p.51) Nick compares his impression of Gatsby with the rumours.
…they were merely casual events in a crowded summer, and, until much later, they absorbed me infinitely less than my person affairs. (p. 57) Nick reflects on the importance of the events of the novel
I even had a short affair with a girl who lived in Jersey City and worked in the accounting department (p. 57) Nick reminds us that he has a private life away from the Gatsby circle.
I wasn’t actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity. (p.58) Nick examines his feelings for Jordan Baker.
I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known. (p.59) Nick shows his capacity for self-delusion.

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