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'Meyer Wolfsheim? No, he's a gambler.' Gatsby hesitated, then added coolly: 'He's the man who fixed the World's Series back in 1919.'
'Fixed the World's Series?' I repeated....'Why isn't he in jail?'
'They can't get him, old sport. He's a smart man.'
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 4, there may not be a place in the 'New America' for pure-hearted dreamers like Gatsby, but there is for corrupt criminals like Meyer Wolfsheim.

I remembered, of course, that the World's Series had been fixed in 1919, but if I had thought of it at all I would have thought of it as something that merely happened, the end of an inevitable chain. It never occurred to me that one man could start to play with the faith of fifty million people.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 4, Meyer Wolfsheim fixing the World Series is a crime that appalls Nick.

The officer looked at Daisy...in a way that every young girl wanted to be looked at sometime.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 4, the officer is Gatsby.

By the next autumn she was gay again, gay as ever. She had a debut after the Armistice, and in February she was presumably engaged to a man from New Orleans. In June she married Tom Buchanan of Chicago, with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville ever knew before. He came down with a hundred people in four private cars, and hired a whole floor of the Seelbach Hotel, and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars.
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Chapter 4, Daisy was more focused on money in her marriage to Tom Buchanan, who gave her a $350K string of pearls.

'Here, deares'. She groped around in a waste-basket she had with her on the bed and pulled out the string of pearls. 'Take 'em down-stairs and give 'em back to whoever they belong to. Tell 'em all Daisy's change' her mind. Say: 'Daisy's change' her mine!'
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 4, Daisy know the expensive string of pearls Tom gave her is about to become a chain. When drunk she wants to marry the man she really loves. But sober and in the cold light of day she does what she was born to do: marry the rich man.

I saw them in Santa Barbara when they came back, and I thought I'd never seen a girl so mad about her husband. If he left the room for a minute she'd look around uneasily, and say: 'Where's Tom gone?' and wear the most abstracted expression until she saw him coming in the door. She used to sit on the sand with his head in her lap by the hour, rubbing her fingers over his eyes and looking at him with unfathomable delight. It was touching to see them together – it made you laugh in a hushed, fascinated way. That was in August. A week after I left Santa Barbara Tom ran into a wagon on the Ventura road one night, and ripped a front wheel off his car. The girl who was with him got into the papers, too, because her arm was broken – she was one of the chambermaids in the Santa Barbara Hotel.
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Chapter 4, post-honeymoon Daisy seems to be genuinely head-over-heels for Tom. The first half of this passage also hints that Daisy has found out about Tom's affair, which is confirmed in the second half.

It's a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 4, Jordan Baker

Well, about six weeks ago, she heard the name Gatsby for the first time in years. It was when I asked you - do you remember? - if you knew Gatsby in West Egg. After you had gone home she came into my room and woke me up, and said: 'What Gatsby?' and when I described him - I was half asleep - she said in the strangest voice that it must be the man she used to know. It wasn't until then that I connected this Gatsby with the officer in her white car.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 4.

'It was a strange coincidence,' I said.
'But it wasn't a coincidence at all.'
'Why not?'
'Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.'
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 4, Jordan tells Nick how Gatsby has gone to extreme lengths to win back his love Daisy.

When I said you were a particular friend of Tom's, he started to abandon the whole idea. He doesn't know very much about Tom, though he says he's read a Chicago paper for years just on the chance of catching a glimpse of Daisy's name.
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Chapter 4, Gatsby has read a Chicago paper for years just on the chance of catching a glimpse of Daisy's name. He is devoted to, or obsessed with Daisy.

A phrase began to beat in my ears with a sort of heady excitement: 'There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.'
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 4, Nick has this phrase running through his head after heading Jordan tell the story about Gatsby. Every character in the novel, it seems, fits into at least one of these categories.

'Your place looks like the World's Fair,' I said.
'Does it?' He turned his eyes toward it absently. 'I have been glancing into some of the rooms. Let's go to Coney Island, old sport. In my car.'
'It's too late.'
'Well, suppose we take a plunge in the swimming-pool? I haven't made use of it all summer.'
'I've got to go to bed.'
'All right.'
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 5, Gatsby has a house full of people. But all he wants is one friend to go swimming with him. Despite his wealth and grand partries, Gatsby is a lonely man and doesn't have any true friends.

Gatsby, pale as death, with his hands plunged like weights in his coat pockets, was standing in a puddle of water glaring tragically into my eyes.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 5, Gatsby is nervous about reuniting with Daisy again.

Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 5, Americans may be willing to work for slave wages but they despise being seen as part of a social underclass.

He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes. Sometimes, too, he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way, as though in her actual and astounding presence none of it was any longer real. Once he nearly toppled down a flight of stairs.
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Chapter 5, Gatsby is blinded by love. But we wonder what it is that he loves - is he in loved with Daisy as a person or the lifestyle that she represents.

He had passed visibly through two states and was entering upon a third. After his embarrassment and his unreasoning joy he was consumed with wonder at her presence. He had been full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end, waited with his teeth set, so to speak, at an inconceivable pitch of intensity. Now, in the reaction, he was running down like an over-wound clock.
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Chapter 5, Gatsby's emotion changes from embarrasment to wonder, it is all too sudden for him to meet Daisy, whom he has been dreaming of for five years. The paradox is that when he acieves the thing he had strived so hard to get, he doesn't know what to make of it.

'I thought you inherited your money.'
'I did, old sport,' he said automatically, 'but I lost most of it in the big panic – the panic of the war.'
I think he hardly knew what he was saying, for when I asked him what business he was in he answered, 'That's my affair,' before he realized that it wasn't the appropriate reply.
'Oh, I've been in several things,' he corrected himself. 'I was in the drug business and then I was in the oil business. But I'm not in either one now.'
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 5, Gatsby initially claimed that he inherited his money when his family died, but slips up here when speaking to Nick. He is not a good liar. To Nick that makes him a lot more honest than half the people who come to his parties.

Suddenly, with a strained sound, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily.
'They're such beautiful shirts,' she sobbed, her voice muffled in the think folds. 'It makes me sad because I've never seen such – such beautiful shirts before.'
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 5, Daisy is so in love with Gatsby she can't even handle being near his shirts.

If it wasn't for the mist we could see your home across the bay....You always have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 5, Gatsby has told Daisy that when he sees the green light, he thinks about her. It is a symbol for Daisy, his greatest desire. But interestingly the green light, and Daisy's home, is invisible now because of the mist.

One thing's sure and nothing's surer
The rich get richer and the poor get - children.
The Great Gatsby
Chapter 5, this plays off the saying 'money can't buy love'. Rich people only ever get richer, they don't get happier. But poor people get by because they are happy, knowing they have a family to come home to.

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