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  • His voice, with some faint Irish melody running through it, wooed the world, yet she felt the layer of hardness in him, of self-control and of self-discipline, her own virtues. Oh, she chose him, and Nicole, lifting her head saw her choose him, heard a little sigh at the fact that he was already possessed.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Tender is the Night")

  • She felt a little betrayed and sad, but presently a moving object came into sight. It was a huge horse-chestnut tree in full bloom bound for the Champs Elysees, strapped now into a long truck and simply shaking with laughter - like a lovely person in an undignified position yet confident none the less of being lovely. Looking at it with fascination, Rosemary identified herself with it, and laughed cheerfully with it, and everything all at once seemed gorgeous.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Tender is the Night")

  • There are open wounds, shrunk sometimes to the size of a pin-prick but wounds still.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Tender is the Night")

  • And so we beat on, books against the critics, borne back ceaslessly into rewrites.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby")

  • He had seen me several times, and had intended to call on me long before, but a peculiar combination of circumstances had prevented it.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby")


  • I was enjoying myself now. I had taken two finger bowls of champagne and the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental and profound.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby")

  • Little Montenegro! He lifted up the words and nodded at them-with his smile. The smile comprehended Montenegro's troubled history and sympathized with the brave struggles of the Montenegrin people. It appreciated fully the chain of national circumstances, which had elicited this tribute from Montenegro's warm little heart. My incredulity was submerged in fascination now; it was like skimming hastily through a dozen magazines.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby")

  • The officer looked at Daisy while she speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at sometime.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby")

  • What was the use of doing great things if I could have a better time telling her what I was going to do?
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby")

  • I like France, where everybody thinks he's Napoleon--down here everybody thinks he's Christ.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Tender is the Night")

  • She had an air of seeming to wait, as if for a man to get through with something more important than herself, a battle or an operation, during which he must not be hurried or interfered with. When the man had finished she would be waiting, without fret or impatience, somewhere on a highstool, turning the pages of a newspaper.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Tender Is the Night")

  • They talked aimlessly back and forth, each speaking for the other.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Tender is the Night")

  • And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby")

  • He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes. Sometimes, too, he stared around at his possessions in a dazed way, as though in her actual and astounding presence none of it was any longer real.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby")

  • I was promoted to be a major, and every Allied government gave me a decoration-even Montenegro, little Montenegro down on the Adriatic Sea!
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby")


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