The Great Gatsby
Compassion and Forgiveness Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"I wanted to get somebody for him. I wanted to go into the room where he lay and reassure him: "I’ll get somebody for you, Gatsby. Don’t worry. Just trust me and I'll get somebody for you–" (9.11)
Nick has much compassion for Gatsby after he’s gone, he seems heartbroken that his friend has been abandoned by everyone. For a man who was so generous and loyal, no one is loyal or kind to him in return (besides Nick, of course, and the owl-eyed man). This says something about Gatsby’s relationships with everyone around him and the shallowness of the society he was in.
[Klipspringer’s] tone made me suspicious.
"Of course you’ll be there yourself." "Well, I’ll certainly try. What I called up about is—"
"Wait a minute," I interrupted. "How about saying you’ll come?"
"Well, the fact is—the truth of the matter is that I’m staying with some people up here in Greenwich, and they rather expect me to be with them to-morrow. In fact, there’s a sort of picnic or something. Of course I’ll do my very best to get away."
I ejaculated an unrestrained "Huh!" and he must have heard me, for he went on nervously: "What I called up about was a pair of shoes I left there. I wonder if it’d be too much trouble to have the butler send them on. You see, they’re tennis shoes, and I’m sort of helpless without them. My address is care of B. F. –"
I didn’t hear the rest of the name, because I hung up the receiver. (9.58-65)
The man who was staying in Gatsby’s house, won’t even show up to the funeral. Not only that, but he has the audacity to ask Nick to ship his shoes to him. Nick’s compassion for Gatsby spurs him to hang up, and not a moment too soon.
We straggled down quickly through the rain to the cars. Owl-eyes spoke to me by the gate.
"I couldn't get to the house," he remarked.
"Neither could anybody else."
"Go on!" He started. "Why, my God! they used to go there by the hundreds."
He took off his glasses and wiped them again, outside and in.
"The poor son-of-a-bitch," he said. (9.114-119)
The owl-eyed man is the only party-goer who comes through to say good-bye to his periodic host. He obviously feels some connection to Gatsby, otherwise he wouldn't have come to pay his last respects. His final comments show his compassion, albeit in somewhat abrasive form, for Gatsby’s sparsely attended funeral.