Everyman should enjoy classic literature, which is why the Groupon Guide invented the Everyman's Classics study-guide series. This installment covers:
The Great Gatsby, Chapter 3
Okay, so Nick has been in his new house on Egg Island for a little bit and one day Gatsby's chauffeur comes over and says, like, "The Great Gatsby wants you to come to his party." Nick decides to go because he wants to learn more about the Great Gatsby and has heard that his parties are totally legendary and have tons of jazz and flappers, and, like, ties that are untied to show how hard they are partying and alcohol mixed with juice even though that is totally illegal in the Roaring Twenties. Everyone is talking like they went to Extra College.
So Nick goes to the party and everyone is drunk and dancing and there is a swimming pool. Nick goes into the library and meets this guy with owly glasses that he calls Owl Eyes (seriously!). Owl Eyes is really drunk and looking at books and makes some big deal about them and how The Great Gatsby bought all these fancy books and never opened them. It is important because who does that? Nick then parties some more and meets The Great Gatsby who calls him "old sport" a bunch (maybe Nick reminds him of golf or falconry or something?). Nick then goes home and the book talks about his job of selling business stocks or something. It’s totally boring and not a hot jazz party.
Gatsby's easy, flowing opulence is brought front and center in this chapter. The books represent both Gatsby's obsession with conspicuous-yet-empty trappings of sophistication and also his hatred of books. This is the first instance of Gatsby calling everyone "old sport" because his brain disease won't let him remember anyone's name, probably. Finally, it is widely agreed among literary scholars that Owl Eyes should get his own book where he flies jet planes.
"Oh look, it's my good friend, 'old sport,' doing all those things he does here at my Great Gatsby party." –Gatsby