We meet the narrator, Nick Carraway, and many
other main characters including his cousin Daisy Buchanan, her husband Tom, and Daisy’s friend Jordan Baker.
Nick explains the two eggs: East egg is where
the old money is (and Tom and Daisy), and West Egg is where the new money is (and Nick and Gatsby).
Nick goes to meet Nick and Daisy at their home. There he meets Jordan, and she asks him about his neighbor,
While at dinner is told by her that Tom has
a mistress in the city (New York).
When Nick arrives home he sees Gatsby staring
out across the bay toward a green light.
While riding with Tom into New York, Tom stops at a gas station in the valley of ashes where his mistress lives.
His mistress is named Myrtle and she lives above
a gas station with her husband, George Wilson.
Tom and Nick continue into New York and Myrtle follows.
Myrtle throws an impromptu party in her and
Tom’s love nest, and invites the downstairs neighbors and her sister.
Everyone gets drunk, Myrtle speaks about Daisy
and Tom backhands her. After that, the party breaks up, and the chapter ends
with Nick going downstairs to look at one of the guest’s photography portfolios.
Nick is invited to a party at Gatsby’s.
At the party there is much speculation about
how Gatsby made all of his money
Nick meets Gatsby who is then immediately called
away on business
Nick runs into Jordan who tells him all she
knows about Gatsby (which isn't much) and tells Nick to call her.
The party degrades into confusion including
fighting couples and a druken collision outside.
Nick begins dating Jordan Baker who he describes as “incurably dishonest.”
Nick recounts all the people who attend Gatsby’s
party in the summer of 1922
Nick and Gatsby go into town to have lunch.
On the way Gatsby shares his past with Nick which seems a little rehearsed rather than real
They are joined at lunch by Gatsby’s friend
Meyer Wolfshiem who is famous for fixing the 1919 World Series. This seems to
reaffirm the general belief that Gatsby has made his money through illegal dealings
After lunch Tom Buchanan appears and Gatsby disappears
At lunch one day Jordan
recounts some events from her and Daisy’s girlhood days in Louisville.
remembers seeing Daisy on her front porch with a soldier named Jay Gatsby. She
also remembers how distraught Daisy was when Gatsby was shipped off.
also tells about the disasters night before Daisy got married: she got drunk, tried to get rid of an expensive pearl necklace,
and told her bridesmaids she’d changed her mind. The next morning she got
married to Tom without a word.
After these stories, Jordan tells Nick that Gatsby has a favor to ask: he wants Nick to invite him and
Daisy to tea.
When Nick arrives home from his date with Jordan
Gatsby is standing outside. He and Nick discuss the details of the tea.
Daisy comes over a few days later, and she and
Gatsby have their reunion. Gatsby is extremely nervous and Nick leaves them alone
for a while.
Gatsby takes Nick and Daisy over to his house
to give them a tour.
Gatsby’s parties end. He also fires his staff and hires some new people who don’t gossip.
He lets Nick know that Daisy has been spending a lot of time at his house
Nick goes over to Daisy’s house to eat
with Daisy, Tom, Jordan,
and Gatsby. While there Tom realizes that Gatsby and Daisy are having an affair.
The party goes into the city—Tom drives
Gatsby’s car with Jordan and Nick
and Daisy and Gatsby ride in Tom’s
On the way into the city, Tom stops at Wilson’s to get more gas.
Wilson tells Tom that he and his wife are going out
looks distraught. Myrtle looks on from above the garage her attention fixed on
Jordan Baker who she believes is Tom’s wife.
The group arrives in New York and gets a suite at the Plaza Hotel. While
in the Plaza hotel, Tom begins to berate Gatsby. Tom makes it known that he is
aware of Daisy’s affair with Gatsby. Gatsby claims that Daisy never loved
Tom. Tom encourages Daisy to say it as well, but she can’t. Gatsby is crushed.
Gatsby and Daisy leave in Gatsby’s car
Myrtle had been locked above the garage all
day. She runs out into the street and sees the car that Tom had been driving
earlier. She tries to flag it down, but the car runs her over and never stops. Myrtle is killed.
Jordan, and Tom arrive at the scene of the accident. Witnesses describe the car that killed Myrtle Wilson. Tom
tells Wilson that he knows the owner of the car.
Tom gets home and Gatsby is standing outside. After talking to Gatsby, Nick realizes that Daisy had been driving the car when Myrtle
was killed. Gatsby says that he will take the blame.
Nick goes over to Gatsby’s house where
he tells him of when he first met Daisy. They loved each other, but Gatsby didn’t
have any money, so they couldn’t get married. While he away overseas he
got the letter telling him that Daisy had married Tom.
Nick goes to work, but promises to call Gatsby
later. That afternoon, Nick can’t get in touch with Gatsby because his
phone is busy.
The scene changes and we find out what happened
that afternoon: Wilson tell his neighbor that he thought Myrtle
was having an affair. He believed that Myrtle’s lover had killed her with
finds out who the owner of the yellow coupe was. He goes to Gatsby’s house
where he kills Gatsby and then himself.