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An Index to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Pagination follows the paperback edition of The Great Gatsby (The Authorized Text). New York: Collier/Macmillan, 1992.
Subentries are sorted by first appearance of page number, with a few obvious exceptions.

Bracketed page numbers [  ] locate terms in the Scribner trade paperback edition 2004.

A version of this index has been published in Post Road 8.

Written by Tom Murphy, O. Carm. 2002. All rights reserved. Teachers, students, and readers at large may use for non-commercial, educational purposes only.

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A

abyss, theoretical, 128 [121]
accident, accidental, accidentally
Nick and Jordan locked up together, 23 [18]
shorn wheel after Gatsby's party, 58 [53]
Jordan on barely avoiding one, 63 [58]
Tom's in Santa Barbara, 82 [77]
made, of Gatsby and Daisy, 142 [135]
involving Myrtle, 144-45, 147, 151, 163, 166 [137, 139-40, 143-44, 156, 158-59]
Gatsby in Daisy's house by, 155 [149]
Gatsby's laden mattress, 170 [162]
the wrong house, 185 [176]
Adam study, 96 [91]
Adriatic Sea, 70 [66]
advertisement, 40, 125, 167 [36, 119, 160]; See Eckleburg, Doctor T. J.
advice
from Nick's father, 5 [1] 
aesthetic contemplation, an, 189 [180]
affectations
Myrtle at her party, 35 [31]
women meeting at Gatsby's, 44 [40]
Jordan's facial, 62 [57]
"Ain't we got fun," 100-101 [95]
airedale. See dog
Albany, 179 [171]
alcohol, grain, 141 [133]
ale, 125, 126, 129, 152 [118, 119, 122, 145]
allusions. See biblical allusions
aluminum putter, 135 [128]
American capitalists, 67 [63]
American games, 68 [64]
American Legion, 67, 179 [63, 171]
American life, one phase of, 106 [100]
Americans, solid and prosperous, 46 [42]
amour, 82 [77]
amusement parks, behavior associated with, 45 [41]
aphorisms and proverbial statements
on criticizing others, 5 [1]
on the abnormal mind, 5 [1]
on the intimate revelations of young men, 6 [2]; See secrets
on personality 6 [2]
on specialization, 8-9 [4]
on not living forever, 40 [36]
on small parties, 54 [49]
on affectations, 62 [57]
on dishonesty in women, 63 [58]
on accidents, 63 [58]
on the city seen, 73 [68]
on not drinking among those who do, 82 [77]; See drunk
on the pursued, 85 [79]
on American serfdom, 93 [88]
on what a man stores in his heart, 101 [96]
on looking through new eyes, 110-11 [104]
on repeating the past, 116 [110]
on the sick and the well, 131 [124]
on confusion, 131 [125]
on being thirty, 143 [135]
on showing friendship, 180 [172]
appendicitus, 35 [31]
Argonne Forest, 70, 158 [66, 150]
Armistice, 80, 136, 158 [75, 129, 150]
ashheaps, 27, 131, 163, 167 [23, 124, 156, 159]
Asheville, 23 [18]
Associated Traction, 67 [62]
Astoria, 72, 132 [68, 125]
Atlantic City, 155 [148]
automobile(s), 46, 66, 94, 108, 119, 145 [42, 62, 88, 102, 113, 137]; See car
August, 110 [103]
autumn
last, Nick's return from the East, 6 [2]
-leaf yellow of Jordan's hair, 22 [17]
Daisy gay again in, 80 [75]
night, on the sidewalk, 117, 156 [110, 149]
a cold fall day, 157 [150]
flavor in the air, 161 [153]
leaf, color of, 185 [177]

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B

backward, 51, 124 [46, 117]; See leaned back
Baker, Jordan
Nick's first impressions of, 13 [8]
balancing something on her chin, 13, 141 [8-9, 134]
her first word, 15 [10]
described by Nick, 15 [11]
throws body backward, 15 [11]; See leaning forward
knows Gatsby, 15 [11]
playing in Westchester tournament, 23 [18]
a scandal about, 23, 62-63 [18, 57]
her family, 23 [18]
appears at Gatsby's party, 46 [42]
lost tournament, 47 [43]
her party and escort at Gatsby's, 49 [44]
wears all clothes like sports clothes, 55 [50]
rotten driver, 63 [58]
invited to tea, 72 [67]
Gatsby asserts her integrity, 76 [71]
asks Nick to invite Daisy to tea, 83 [78]
clean, hard, limited, 84, 143 [79, 135]
her senile aunt, 107 [101]
mistaken for Daisy by Myrtle, 131 [124-25]
death of her father, 134 [127]
phone conversation with Nick, 162-63 [154-55]
a Westerner, 184 [176]; See West, the
ending relationship with Nick, 185-86 [177]
balloon, 12
banjoes, 51
Barbary Coast, 106
beauty, a vast, vulgar and meretricious, 104
Becker, 75
beginning over, 8; See past, the
Belasco, 50
biblical allusions
conduct founded on hard rock or wet marshes, 6 [Luke 6.48-49] 
His Father's Business, 104 [Luke 2.49]
Michaelis and others wait up with Wilson, 164, 168 [Matthew 26.40-45]
chauffeur asked him if he needed help, 169 [Mark 15.21]
bigotry
Tom's, 17-18, 137
Mrs. McKee's, 38 
Biloxi, Bill, 134
Biloxi, 'Blocks,' 134-35
bird, birds
gulls, 9, 36
nightingale, 20
hen, 33
owl-eyed, 49
metaphors, similes
fenders spread like wings, 72
bright feather, ornamenting Gatsby's illusion, 101 
voices in the trees, 96
chicken, 152
ghostly, 159 
Bird, Asa, 135
birth, fundamental decencies parcelled out unequally at, 6; See aphorisms 
biscuits, 33, 187; See dog, National Biscuit Company
black
left rear wheel painted, 14
silk bow for mother's grave, 41
rivulets (of mascara), 56
knotted tree, 93
wreath, 93
morning, 114
beach, 116
and white, intermarriage between 137
hearse, 182 
Blackwell's Island, 73
"Blessed are the dead," 183
"Bles-sed pre-cious," 123
blind
Wilson's garage a, 29
dog's eyes, 41
was drawn, 152
blinding signs, 85
blindness, eternal, of Eckleburg, Doctor T. J., 28
bloomed, 22
blue
eyes of Eckleburg, Doctor T. J., 27
Wilson's eyes, 29
Myrtle's dress, 30
of the Mediterranean, 38
gardens, 43 
chauffeur's uniform, 45
paint, streak of hair like, 90
Indian, monograms of, 98
nose of producer, 111
sky, 124
coupé, 132, 148
leaves, 159
quickening by the window, a, 167
smoke of brittle leaves, 185
lawn, 189
"boarder", the; See Klipspringer
boat, 124
Bois de Boulogne, 70
bond business, bonds, 7, 14, 46, 87-88, 174
books
volumes on banking and credit and investment securities, 8
"Simon Called Peter", 33, 34
Clay's "Economics", 89 
bootlegger, 65, 103, 114, 141; See Gatsby, Jay, rumors about
bores, 5
botanical references. See tree; flower, garden, green
character names. See Daisy, Myrtle, Orchid, Lilly,
ivy, vines, 9, 11, 149
leaf, leaves, 22, 159, 161, 185
wheat, 27
oranges and lemons, 43
blooms, a hearse heaped with, 73; See bloomed
grass, 83, 87, 89, 169-70
jonquil, hawthorn, plum blossoms, kiss-me-at-the-gate, 96
apple green, 98
orchid, orchids, 111, 158, 159
blossomed like a flower, 117
overripe, funny fruits of New York, 132
windows bloomed with light, 149
shrubbery, 150
holly, 184 
boy, boys, 163, 168, 171, 175, 188; See girl
brake, brakes, 64, 129, 151; See accident; car; desire
breast
Jordan as small-breasted, 15
pap of life, 117
Daisy's bosom, 122
Myrtle's left, 145
of the new world, green, 189 
Broadway, 33, 77
brown
Myrtle's muslin dress, 31
tint of Jordan's face, 185 
Buccleuch, Dukes of, 7
Buchanan, Daisy
Nick's second cousin once removed, 10
her heart, 10, 19
her laugh, 13; See voice
her child, 14, 21, 82, 123-24
reacts to Gatsby's name, 15, 82-83
complains about her finger, 16
tells of her child's birth, 21-22
not a Catholic, 38
her name shouted by Myrtle, 41
furious about not hearing from Nick, 78
her house in Louisville, 79
wild rumors about, 80
marriage to Tom, 80-81; See wedding
doesn't drink, 82; See drunk
arrives at Nick's for tea, 90
cries into shirts, 98
at Gatsby's party, 110-15
offended and appalled, 113
doesn't understand Gatsby, 116
a friend of, 129, 135
disappoints Gatsby, 139-40, 159-60, 169
during Myrtle's accident, 151
in kitchen with Tom, 152-53
a "nice" girl, 155-56
gone away, 172, 183
a Westerner, 184; See West, the
Buchanan, Tom
Nick's acquaintance from Yale, 10
described, 11-12
his forcefulness, 16, 41, 148-49, 152, 186
his reading, 17
his mistress, 19, 28, 131; See Wilson Myrtle
on women running around, 23, 110
discusses car sale with Wilson, 29, 122, 130-31
meets Nick and Gatsby in New York restaurant, 78
his accident in Santa Barbara, 82, 138
appears at Gatsby's for a drink, 107-10
sees Daisy's love for Gatsby, 125, 128
investigated Gatsby, 128-29, 141
confronts Gatsby about Daisy, 136-42
with Wilson after Myrtle's accident, 147-48
in kitchen with Daisy, 152-53
a Westerner, 184; See West, the
Nick's last meeting with, 186-88

bucks, 73; See Negro, bigotry
butler, butler's
his nose, 18
murmurs to Tom, 19
thumb on juicing machine, 44
announces a Chicago call for Gatsby, 53
requests that Jordan speak with Gatsby, 55
announces a Philadelphia call for Gatsby, 57-58
with a villainous face, 119
"The master's body!" 121
voice calling a taxi, 150
went without his sleep, 169

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caddy, 62
cake. See wedding; white
of the ceiling, 12
of apartment houses, 32 
California, 18
Camp Taylor, 79, 155; See Louisville
Canada, underground pipe-line to, 103
Cannes, 82
car, cars; See accident
in Chicago, 14
Nick's, 25
bought and sold, 29; See Wilson, George B.
shorn of a wheel, 58
Jordan leaves top down, 62
metaphor, brakes on desires, 64
won't sell the, 122
coupé, 128, 132
"death car," 144, 165
involved in Myrtle's accident, 147, 168
Gatsby's, left in garage, 151, 169
three, in funeral procession, 182
on Gatsby's drive, 188 
caramel-colored, 69
caring, not caring, careful, careless, 63, 185, 186, 187-88; See accident
Carnegie Hall, 54
Carraway, Nick
reserves judgements 5
acknowledges snobbery, 6
returns from the East, 6
disapproves of Gatsby, 6, 162
his family described, 7
his appearance favors painting of great-uncle, 7
graduates from Yale in 1915, 7
returns from war, 7
goes east in spring of 1922, 7
his aunts and uncles, 7
acquires a residence on Long Island, 7-8
his dog, 8
as guide, pathfinder, original settler, 8; See exploration
wrote editorials for "Yale News", 8
location and description of his house, 9-10
had seen a picture of Jordan before, 15
speaks privately with Daisy, 21-22
finally recognizes Jordan, 23
rumors of his engagement, 24, 64
ponders Tom's and Daisy's situation, 25
first sees Gatsby, 25
drunk only twice, 33
double perspective at Myrtle's apartment, 40
in McKee's bedroom, 42
invited to Gatsby's party, 45-46
meets Gatsby, 51-52
his expectations of Gatsby, 53
his regular days described, 61
his loneliness, 61-62; See girl, short affair with
almost in love with Jordan, 62, 63, 85, 186
his honesty, 64, 186
kisses Jordan, 85
invites Daisy to tea, 88
almost remembers something, 118
rides in a hot train, 121
his renewal of faith in Gatsby, 136
his birthday, 142-43
sick of them all, 150
with Gatsby outside Buchanan's, 150-53
hurries to the pool, 169
tries to get someone for Gatsby, 172-75
visits Wolfshiem, 178-80
on returning trains of his youth, 183-84
his childhood home, 184
ends relationship with Jordan, 185-86
Castile, dreams of, 44
Castle Rackrent, 90
cat, 25
Catherine. See Wilson, Myrtle, her sister in New York
said to be very beautiful, 32
described, 34
attended party at West Egg, 36-37
on Tom and Myrtle, 37-38
scolding and consoling, 41
after Myrtle's accident, 164
at the Gatsby inquest, 171-72
Catholic, 38
cemetery, 183
Central Park, 32, 40, 83, 85, 132
champagne, 51, 107, 110
charming, 13, 15
Chartreuse, 96; See green
Chase, Walter, 141
chauffeur, chauffeurs, 45, 52, 58, 67, 73, 90, 169
checker, 16
Chester, 35, 37; See McKees, the
Chicago, 10, 14, 139, 141, 174, 175, 178, 183-84
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, 184
child, children, 14, 18; See boy, girl
Christmas
tree, 44
card, 73
time, returning from school at, 183-84 

church, 165
cigarette, cigarettes, 126, 132, 154-55
circle, 170
circus wagon, 128
civilization
going to pieces, 17-18
last barrier of, 137 
claret, 17
clock, 91-92, 97, 105
clouds of ashes, 27, 167
cocktails, 15, 44, 45, 47, 113; See drunk
Cody, Dan
his photograph, 98-99, 173
first encounters Gatsby, 104
his history and portrait, 105-106
Gatsby tells about, 155 
coincidence, 83; See accident
cold cream, 31
college, Nick accused of politics in, 5; See Yale
colors. See specific color names
Columbus story, the egg in, 9
compass, leg of a 170
competitive firmness, Tom's 139
conception
Platonic, 104
Gatsby's, of the affair, 160  
conduct, its foundations, 6; See aphorisms
Coney Island, 86, 88
confidences, 5; See secrets
connection, "gonnegtion," 75, 152, 174-75
conscience
Nick's interior rules, 64
on Gatsby's offer of work, 88 
contemplation, an aesthetic, 189
contingency, immediate, 128
coral, 97
coroner, 171
corrugated surface, 98, 170
coupé, 128, 132, 143, 148
courtesy bay, 9, 10
cream-colored; See white
Myrtle's chiffon dress, 35
Gatsby's car, 68
cricket bat, 71
crickets, 83
crimson, 22, 71, 122; See red
criticism of others, 5; See aphorisms
Croirier's, 47
cuff buttons, 77, 188; See Wolfsheim, Meyer
Cunard, 20
cynical, 21, 49

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