Here we are in Chapter Three.
You're a third of the way through the book! And, finally, we get to a
Gatsby party and we get to meet Jay Gatsby. By "we" I mean Nick. And by
"meet" I mean talk to. I don't think he knows Gatsby at the end of this
chapter any better than he did before.
at this point in the novel, we've had three party scenes. We've had the
floating, white, untouchable dinner party at the Buchanans, the grey,
cramped, sweaty, earthy party in the apartment. And now Gatsby's party:
harlequin, held under changing lights. Gaudy with primary colors.
(This is the main reason I think it's important for Daisy to have dark hair — it makes it immediately clear that she doesn't belong in Tom's world. If the mistress ringing him up at dinner wasn't enough of a clue.) But really, for this chapter, which is a meaty one, I want to talk about two new technologies that made Fitzgerald nervous. Moving Pictures and Moving Vehicles. Cinema and Cars.