Explain the reference to Trimalchio early on in the chapter.
Trimalchio was a comic character in Petronius’ Satyricon, also a “nouveau riche,” know for his hilarious parties and farcical antics. Gatsby had given the parties in hopes that Daisy would eventually attend one. Now there is no need to continue them.
Describe the weather and its relevance to the plot.
It is very hot, perhaps to build dramatic tension as the story “heats up.”
Explain how Pammy’s appearance affects Gatsby.
She is out of harmony with his dream. Seeing her, he must admit she is real.
The Buchanan’s unlimited wealth has left their lives empty and boring. Because of this, what does Gatsby represent for Daisy?
He is simply a diversion and an amusing way to relieve the boredom; possibly he also offers her a way to pay Tom back for his infidelity. Daisy is a little girl playing “let’s pretend.” She has never experienced real life hardships and has never had to grow up.
What is Tom’s hypocritical reaction to Daisy’s affair?
He suddenly becomes a “prig,” acting like the guardian of morality and the American family. The double standard is at work here.
Gatsby aptly describes Daisy’s voice as “full of money.” Explain
Daisy is the embodiment of what Gatsby has been long for all his life, but he might have better said that her voice is full of OLD money–something he can never have no matter how much wealth he accumulates. Gatsby doesn’t seem to realize that there is a difference between the vulgar new wealth and the staid old wealth.
On the trip to the city, Tom drives Gatsby’s car. What is ironic about Tom’s comment, “You can buy anything at a drug-store nowadays”?
He is actually referring to being able to buy bootleg liquor, and he later makes reference to Gatsby’s “drug-store business.” It is also ironic that he has “bought” Myrtle at a garage.
What has George Wilson learned?
He knows that Myrtle is having an affair with someone. He wants to take her away.
Why has George, throughout the novel, been trying to buy a car from Tom?
He knows he can make a quick profit on the sale of the car and get the money he needs to get out of town.
Compare Tom and George in their knowledge that their wives are having affairs.
George wants to take Myrtle and run away; Tom is trying to act as if it is no big deal, that he is too important to really have to worry about Daisy and Gatsby.
What does Myrtle observe, and to what conclusions does she jump?
When she sees Jordan in the car with Tom, she assumes she is Daisy.
Discuss the confrontation between Tom and Gatsby in the hotel.
Gatsby insists Daisy denounce her marriage and love for Tom. Tomattacks Gatsby’s business dealings. Daisy is affected by Tom’s revelations, and “revises” her original stand to say that she loves “both” men.
Explain Nick’s comment, “So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.”
Myrtle Wilson was killed on the road by Gatsby’s speeding car.
How does Nick change as a result of Myrtle’s death?
He is suddenly sickened by Jordan and the Buchanans. He blames Tom’s involvement with Myrtle for her death, but sees how unconcerned Jordan is with the situation.
Who did Myrtle think was driving the Car? Who was really driving?
Myrtle ran out to the car because she had seen Tom driving it before. Perhaps she wanted to tell him of George’s plan to take her West, and was going to confront Daisy with the affair. Daisy was actually driving the car, and Gatsby was her passenger.