The Great Gatsby

Chapter 9 question

7. What does Tom admit to Nick when they encounter each other on Fifth Avenue during the fall following Gatsby’s death?

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Tom admits what he told George Wilson on that fateful day of Gatsby's murder.

“I told him the truth,” he said. “He came to the door while we were getting ready to leave, and when I sent down word that we weren’t in he tried to force his way up-stairs. He was crazy enough to kill me if I hadn’t told him who owned the car. His hand was on a revolver in his pocket every minute he was in the house ——” He broke off defiantly. “What if I did tell him? That fellow had it coming to him. He threw dust into your eyes just like he did in Daisy’s, but he was a tough one. He ran over Myrtle like you’d run over a dog and never even stopped his car.”


The Great Gatsby/ Chapter 9