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Do Not Pursue the Past

GATSBY-LERY1H

Which quote from the text best supports the theme that attempting to recapture the past will only result in failure?

A

“’Can’t repeat the past?’ [Gatsby] cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!”

B

“’Oh, you want too much!’” [Daisy] cried to Gatsby. ‘I love you now — isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past.’ She began to sob helplessly. ‘I did love him once — but I loved you too.’ Gatsby’s eyes opened and closed. ‘You loved me too?’ he repeated.”

C

“’You’re crazy!’ he exploded. ‘I can’t speak about what happened five years ago, because I didn’t know Daisy then — and I’ll be damned if I see how you got within a mile of her unless you brought the groceries to the back door.’”

D

“A change had come over [Gatsby], and he spoke gravely, and with decision. “

E

“[Gatsby] put his hands in his coat pockets and turned back eagerly to his scrutiny of the house, as though my presence marred the sacredness of the vigil. So I walked away and left him standing there in the moonlight – watching over nothing.”