Thanks for the thumbs-ups. I have to make a clarification or two. Fitzgerald’s original spelling of the Jewish mobster’s name was “Wolfsheim,” and so some editions and critics go with that. The second edition and on use “Wolfshiem.” So doing web searches can be hit-or-miss. Also, Fitzgerald’s rendering of Meyer Wolfshiem’s word was “gonnegtion” starting with a ‘c’ and not a ‘g.’ Also, my memory failed me; what Wolfshiem said about Gatsby was: “I raised him up out of nothing, right out of the gutter. I saw right away he was a fine appearing, gentlemanly young man, and when he told me he was an Oggsford I knew I could use him good. I got him to join up in the American Legion and he used to stand high there. Right off he did some work for a client of mine up to Albany. We were so thick like that in everything—“ He held up two bulbous fingers —”always together.” But, in any case, I think that Wolfshiem considered Gatsby a surrogate son, and also very useful in his being able to operate within WASP society. Speaking of which, I had always viewed Tom Buchanan’s apocalyptic racist rant as only that. But I just skimmed the abstract of an academic article that suggested that Daisy’s girlhood friend Jordan Baker was a light-skinned African-American who was “passing” in white society. She’s the only character in the novel whose skin tone is repeatedly noted. Fascinating, I say. jm
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Mr. Smith, you live in the United States. This nation was founded on the principles of freedom and personal liberty. It is important and incumbent on you to instill the lessons of the laws of this nation in your daughter, but more importantly it is necessary to advise her to develop a strong understanding of common sense and to use that understanding as a guide as she moves through life. The current situation is a life lesson that both of you will never forget. From your narrative, it sounds as though you reside in a semi-rural area and have the Smokies at your disposal. Your daughter will only be young for a relative eyeblink, and the opportunity for you to spend some time with her NOW in a car will not last long. I'm not advising you to go against shelter-in-place recommendations that you may be subject to, but common sense tells me that the two of you would be safe from most dangers while you make memories that will last a lifetime. Time seems to grow wings as we get older; better to share good times while you can.
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