"...standing alone on the marble steps and looking from one group to another with approving eyes. His tanned skin was drawn attractively tight on his face and his short hair looked as though it were trimmed every day. I could see nothing sinister about him. I wondered if the fact that he was not drinking helped to set him of from his guests...but no one swooned backward on Gatsby, and no French bob touched Gatsby's shoulder, and no singing quartets were formed with Gatsby's head for one link."
-The Great Gatsby
Oh God. I have fallen in love with Jay Gatsby. After finishing chapter 3, there are so many questions whirling around in my head; at the same time, I've learned so much about this enigmatic man. He throws these parties where he doesn't know anyone. He fakes his English accent. He incessently (and quite annoyingly) says "old sport". However, I still am drawn and fascinated by the character he is becoming.
For one thing, he has that smile. So reassuring. So consoling. Smile > eyes.
For another, he's created this world...this materialistic, extravagant, sumptuous world...in which he doesn't belong. He's faking his way through life. He's untouched by the disgusting corruption that is washing over these people (including Nick!). He's living life blindingly...all for his one love, Daisy.
Although The Great Gatsby hasn't been one of the favorites, this chapter was mesmerizing. I'm looking forward to reading and annotating (yes, I am a book nerd) this. But I know something ominous is going to happen sooner or later. Hopefully, I don't end up in tears.
What characters from books draw you in?