marked by self-restraint and reticence
He didn't say any more but we've always been unusually communicative in a
reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that.
informed about something secret or not generally known
The abnormal mind is quick to detect and attach itself to this quality when it appears in a normal person, and so it came about that in college I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was
privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men.
give a false appearance of
Most of the confidences were unsought—frequently I have
feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon—for the intimate revelations of young men or at least the terms in which they express them are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions.
a manner lacking seriousness
Most of the confidences were unsought—frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile
levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon—for the intimate revelations of young men or at least the terms in which they express them are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions.
willingness to respect the beliefs or practices of others
And, after boasting this way of my
tolerance, I come to the admission that it has a limit.
unrestrained by convention or morality
When I came back from the East last autumn I felt that I wanted the
world to be in uniform and at a sort of moral attention forever; I
wanted no more
riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
Only Gatsby, the man who gives his name to this book, was exempt from my reaction—Gatsby who represented everything for which I have an unaffected
a feeling of joy and pride
No—Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded
elations of men.
characterized by a firm belief in your opinions
I was rather literary in college—one year I wrote a series of very
solemn and obvious editorials for the "Yale News"—and now I was going to bring back all such things into my life and become again that most limited of all specialists, the "well-rounded man."
a witty saying
This isn't just an
epigram—life is much more successfully looked at from a single window, after all.
a mild rebuke or criticism
His family were enormously wealthy—even in college his freedom with money was a matter for
reproach—but now he'd left Chicago and come east in a fashion that rather took your breath away: for instance he'd brought down a string of polo ponies from Lake Forest.
having or showing arrogant disdain or haughtiness
Now he was a sturdy, straw haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a
stubbornly resistant to authority or control
His speaking voice, a gruff husky tenor, added to the impression of
fractiousness he conveyed.
showing pensive sadness
We were in the same Senior Society, and while we were never intimate I always had the impression that he approved of me and wanted me to like him with some harsh, defiant
wistfulness of his own.
concerning each of two or more persons or things
Her grey sun-strained eyes looked back at me with polite
reciprocal curiosity out of a wan, charming discontented face.
deficient in color suggesting physical or emotional distress
Her grey sun-strained eyes looked back at me with polite reciprocal curiosity out of a
wan, charming discontented face.
force somebody to do something
Before I could reply that he was my neighbor dinner was announced; wedging his tense arm imperatively under mine Tom Buchanan
compelled me from the room as though he were moving a checker to another square.
not undesirably noticeable
Sometimes she and Miss Baker talked at once,
unobtrusively and with a bantering inconsequence that was never quite chatter, that was as cool as their white dresses and their impersonal eyes in the absence of all desire.
the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
There was something pathetic in his concentration as if his
complacency, more acute than of old, was not enough to him any more.
perform or speak without preparation
She was only
extemporizing but a stirring warmth flowed from her as if her heart was trying to come out to you concealed in one of those breathless, thrilling words.
in a softened tone
subdued impassioned murmur was audible in the room beyond and Miss Baker leaned forward, unashamed, trying to hear.
invulnerable to fear or intimidation
I couldn't guess what Daisy and Tom were thinking but I doubt if even Miss Baker who seemed to have mastered a certain
hardy skepticism was able utterly to put this fifth guest's shrill metallic urgency out of mind.
characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
I saw that
turbulent emotions possessed her, so I asked what I thought would be some sedative questions about her little girl.
tending to soothe or tranquilize
I saw that turbulent emotions possessed her, so I asked what I thought would be some
sedative questions about her little girl.
expressing extreme scorn
I knew now why her face was familiar—its pleasing
contemptuous expression had looked out at me from many rotogravure pictures of the sporting life at Asheville and Hot Springs and Palm Beach.
(old-fashioned or informal) in a little while
"I will. Good night, Mr. Carraway. See you
a false and malicious publication
"That's right," corroborated Tom kindly. "We heard that you were engaged."
Nick uses the word
libel here to be funny and to emphasize that he is not ready for marriage.
offensively self-assured or exercising unwarranted power
Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished his
a mechanical device that blows a strong current of air
The wind had blown off, leaving a loud bright night with wings beating in the trees and a persistent organ sound as the full
bellows of the earth blew the frogs full of life.
an indirect suggestion
But I didn't call to him for he gave a sudden
intimation that he was content to be alone—he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and far as I was from him I could have sworn he was trembling.
Nick's descriptions show how observant he is—not only does he pick up on "intimations," he also sees things that are almost "imperceptible," hears murmurs that have been "subdued," and often tries to guess what others are thinking and feeling.