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The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jay Gatsby Timeline and Summary
Gatsby throws fabulous parties all the time, but nobody seems to know much about him or who he is.
Nick Carraway meets Gatsby at a party but does not at first know who he is. Later, Gatsby asks to speak privately with Jordan.
Gatsby and Nick spend some time in New York together, but when Nick tries to introduce him to Tom Buchanan, Gatsby literally disappears.
Nick learns that Gatsby is in love with Daisy Buchanan and is hoping Nick will arrange for the two of them to meet under the pretext of tea.
Jordan fills in the background of how Gatsby and Daisy met.
Nick arranges the tea as requested.
Although the meeting goes well, it’s clear to Nick that Gatsby’s idealized dream of Daisy is more real to Gatsby than the real Daisy herself.
Gatsby and Daisy begin an affair and Gatsby begins to dream of her leaving Tom.
Gatsby meets Tom.
Gatsby has a party attended by Daisy and Tom.
Tom, suspicious, begins to "investigate" who Gatsby is and how he got his money.
Gatsby, Tom, Daisy, Jordan and Nick spend time in the city together, and Tom realizes Gatsby loves Daisy. He confronts him about it.
During the confrontation, Gatsby tries to get Daisy to say she never loved Tom, but she is unwilling to say it.
Gatsby and Daisy ride back to Long Island together. Daisy drives, supposedly.
On the way (according to Gatsby’s later story), Daisy hits Myrtle Wilson and kills her – but she keeps driving.
Gatsby hangs around outside the Buchanan home, making sure Daisy is safe after Tom comes home.
George Wilson comes after Gatsby and kills him and then himself.
Only three people attend Gatsby’s funeral: Gatsby’s father, Nick, and the owl-eyed man who once admired the books in Gatsby’s library.