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This Chapter is set two years after Gatsby’s death. Nick says that what happened after he got to the house and found the body was still clear in his mind. Nick says that one of the officers at the scene looked at Wilson’s body and said that he was a madman. Most of the news headlines the next day had “Madman” as the title of the report. Nick says that at first all of the stories were extremely wild and all untrue. After Michaelis appeared about Wilson’s suspicions on the affair Nick thought that everyone would start writing about ridiculous love stories between Gatsby and Myrtle but Nick was surprised because Catherine, Myrtle’s sister, stood up for Myrtle and said that Myrtle didn’t even know Gatsby. And that Myrtle was happy with her husband. The story eventually came out to be that George Wilson was a man who was disturbed by grief at the loss of his wife and that Gatsby was a random killing. Nick took it upon himself to see that Gatsby had somebody there for him who cared


The beginning of this chapter starts out in the night of the last chapter. Nick couldn’t sleep from all the bad happenings that had happened that day. When it was right around dawn Nick heard a car pull into Gatsby’s house. Nick got up to go meet Gatsby and find out what happened. Gatsby says that nothing happened. He says that he waited there until about 4 am and Daisy came to her room and just turned out the light. Nick and Gatsby sit down and start to smoke cigarettes and Nick tries to convince Gatsby to leave town because he knows that the police will eventually trace the car to Gatsby. Despite Nick’s advice to forget Daisy and leave Long Island there was no way Gatsby was going to leave. He tells Nick about the early days of his relationship with Daisy. He still had a shadow of a hope of getting Daisy. Nick wanted to know more about who Gatsby was but all Gatsby could talk about was Daisy. Gatsby talked about how he first went to her house with a bunch of officers and he


Gatsby's house becomes much quieter, and his party's come to an end. Nick visits, and learns that Gatsby ended the parties because he no longer needed them to attract Daisy. He also learns that Gatsby also fired all of his servants because Daisy thought they might gossip about their relationship (she now visits often during the afternoon). Gatsby was concerned that the old servants were gossiping in town about Daisy’s visits to his mansion. The new servants may not actually be servants. They are rude, and the house is in disarray (chaos/disorder). He replaced the servants with some of Wolfsheim's men. As soon as he gets Daisy, Gatsby no longer needs "new money" parties. But Gatsby can't escape the way he corrupted himself in his quest to become rich enough to win Daisy, as the presence of Wolfsheim's men shows. Gatsby calls Nick to invite him to Daisy's house for lunch. Jordan Baker and Gatsby will be there, as well as Daisy and Tom. Nick agre


Nick begins the chapter by describing an incident in which a reporter showed up at Gatsby's door, asking to interview him. This opening reminds the reader that Gatsby is the subject of rumour and gossip throughout New York. After describing the incident, Nick notes that he spent some away from Gatsby, and then goes on to verify the true facts of Gatsby's biography. In the chronology (history/narrative) of the novel, Nick did not know these details yet, but in looking back on the incidents as the narrator of something that occurred in the past, he did. He then gives Gatsby's biographical details, the truth behind both the public rumours and Gatsby's own claims: born Jay Gatz on a farm in North Dakota around 1900; changed his name to Jay Gatsby at age seventeen; spends more than a year on the south shore of Lake Superior clamming (gather clam/sea-shell by digging in the sand by the ocean) and fishing; attends and drops out of St. Olaf College in southern Minnesota after