The Great Gatsby Chapter: 2
How does Nick meet Tom’s mistress? n Tom meets Nick on a train to New York, and while the train is stopped at a crossing, he takes Nick to the garage where she lives.
How does Myrtle react to Tom’s arrival? n Myrtle is excited by Tom’s presence. She makes no effort to hide her feelings from her husband.
Describe George Wilson n George appears to be a meek, unassertive and unperceptive man.
How does he react to Tom’s arrival? n He is interested in Tom’s arrival because of a business deal, and apparently he doesn’t notice his wife’s feelings.
How does Myrtle behave as the party progresses? n She becomes more affected and arrogant as the evening goes on.
Describe the setting of the Valley of Ashes where George and Myrtle live n It is a desolate area where everything is covered with dust and ash. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg.
How does Fitzgerald describe Myrtle Wilson? n She is in her mid-thirties, stout, and not particularly beautiful.
Does Myrtle’s physical appearance reflect her character in any way? n Her physical coarseness reflects her inner coarseness. However, she also has a sensuality and vitality about her that account for Tom’s attraction.
Compare the setting of the party in this chapter with the setting of the party in Chapter One. n The Buchanan mansion is light, airy, and elegant, while the apartment is small, dark, and filled with tasteless appointments. Like Myrtle, the apartment is a kind of parody of “gracious living”
Why does Tom attack Myrtle at the end of the party? n He attacks her because she mentions Daisy’s name. His cold cruelty is displayed by the attack, which is swift, brutal, and without remorse.