Nick gets home after talking to Jordan Baker to find Gatsby’s house lit up to hell and back. He and Gatsby talk about when they should have tea with Daisy, then Gatsby offers Nick some work. Nick turns him down, claiming he is too busy, and Gatsby’s side of the convo reveals that he thinks Nick turned him down because he’s into some shady as s#%t business with the guy with molar jewlery. The agree Nick’s lawn needs some grooming and depart.
The next day Nick calls up Daisy and invites her over. She accepts.
The day of the sacred tea arrives and so does the rain. A man comes over to cut the grass, a bunch of flower shows up to do what flowers do, and Gatsby shows up to be all cool and stuff. Except he ain’t all cool and stuff. Cause he’s what the great philosopher Friend Owl called, “twitterpated.” As the time of tea arrives, Gatsby freaks the f^#k out claiming she’s not coming until she comes.
Nick goes out to greet her and when they come back in Gatsby is gone. Then he knocks on the door. Gatsby walks in and they awkwardly stare at each other until a clock attempts to commit suicide by Gatsby to break the tension. Nick goes to leave and Gatsby follows him, still freaking the f#%k out. Nick leaves them alone and goes for a walk in the rain because that’s what you do when you are an awkward wingman.
When Nick comes back, Daisy has been crying and Gatsby seems happy about it. They all decided then to let Gatsby show off his house to Daisy. He does, from his gardens to his live-in musical hobo to his golden toilet seat.
Then Gatsby gets all high on life with Daisy and starts throwing his shirts around. Daisy really likes this and starts crying over all the shirts.
After they finish crying over the linens, they tour the grounds. Gatsby points out Daisy’s house with the green light across the water.
While going over a man from Gatsby’s past, the phone rings and Gatsby brushes off the person who called.
They get the musical hobo to play them some music and Nick feels that there is not enough loving feeling for him in the air and leaves them alone.
Old Sport Count
A Gatsby heavy chapter, but with long stretches where awkward Gatsby’s facade falls and he does not use it much. “Old Sport” is part of the mask, you see.
The joke in this chapter is “wingman.” Nick is the Goose to Gatsby’s Maverick and they both sing “You’ve Lost that Lovin Feeling” to Daisy, causing her to hang out with Gatsby even more. Nick props up the events that happen, spurring on Gatsby when the stronger/richer man fumbles and giving him space to find the love that is there. The comedy of nervousness that Gatsby shows is almost a fault to his cool exterior, a play on his passion that has driven him to create the life in the house that he shows off to Daisy. Which leads us to what this chapter is really about.
The lovers lost five years. Five years of time they could have been together. The universe of the novel knows this, that’s why it rains. When it cannot rain anymore because Gatsby’s reality outshines it, Daisy must cry and realize the time she and Gatsby lost. Of course, if you were not sure about this motif, then Mr. Fitzgerald did feel the need to have Gatsby almost smash a clock, showing the man’s ability to almost clumsily and casually destroy time.
To tie the two together we see Gatsby’s almost pornographic amount of riches he has amassed in the time away. A motherf$%king gold toilet seat, people. The man s#%ts on gold. Think about that.
But while you think about that, remember the call Gatsby got while showing off. No matter what he has, he also has contacts, he always has the phone to answer to.
- Would you s#%t on a gold toilet seat if you could?
- Break a clock and discuss how that felt. I bet it felt awesome.
- If someone started throwing expensive shirts at you, would you cry? Hmmmm? Would you cry, little baby?
- When was the last time you got invited anywhere for tea?