I decided to go east and learn the bond business.
I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it."
" That's what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great big hulking physical specimen of a----"
"Civilization'sgoing to pieces. Have you read 'The Rise of the Coloured Empires' by this man Goddard? Well, it's a fine book, and everybody ought to read it. The idea is if we don't look out the white race will be--will be utterly submerged. It's all scientific stuff; it's been proved.This idea is that we're Nordics-and we've produced all the things that go to make civilization--oh, science and art and all that. Doyou see?"
You remind me of a--of a rose, an absolute rose. Doesn't he?"
'All right,' I said, 'I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool--that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."
"Of course you will," confirmed Daisy. "In fact I think I'll arrange a marriage. Come over often, Nick, and I'll sort of--oh--fling you together. You know--lock you upaccidentally in linen closets and push you out to sea in a boat, and all that sort of thing----"
Valley of Ashes?
the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg
"I can't complain," answered Wilson unconvincingly. "When are you going to sell me that car?"
"Get some chairs, why don't you, so somebody can sit down."
"Wilson? He thinks she goes to see her sisterin New York. He's so dumb he doesn't know he's alive."
"I want to get one of those dogs, I want to get one for the apartment. They're nice to have--a dog."
"It's a bitch. Here's your money. Go and buy ten more dogs with it."
I have been drunk just twice in my life and the second time was that afternoon
"Well, they say he's a nephew or a cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm's. That's where all hismoney comes from."
"You see?" "It's really his wife that's keeping them apart. She's a Catholic and they don't believe in divorce."
" I couldn't keep my eyes off him but every time he looked at me I had to pretend to be looking at the advertisement over his head. When we came into the station he was next to me and his white shirt-front pressed against my arm--and so I told him I'd have tocall a policeman, but he knew I lied. I was so excited that when I got into a taxi with him … All I kept thinking about, over and over, was 'You can't live forever, you can't live forever.' "
"Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!I'll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai----" What happens next?
" I've been drunk for about a week now, and I thought it might sober me up to sit in a library."
"Your face isfamiliar," he said, politely. "Weren't you in the Third Division during the war?"
"I was in the Seventh Infantry until June nineteen-eighteen. I knew I'd seen you somewhere before."
It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced--or seemed to face--the whole external world for an instant, and thenconcentrated on YOU with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just so far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey. Precisely at that point it vanished—
she left a borrowed car out in the rain with the top down, and then liedabout it—
"They'll keep out of my way," she insisted. "It takes two to make an accident."
"Look here, old sport,"
"I'll tell you God's truth." His right hand suddenly ordered divine retribution to stand by. "I am the son of some wealthy people in the middle-west--all dead now. I was brought up in America but educated at Oxford because all my ancestors have been educated there for many...