Chapter 2

Chapter 2 opens with a description of the Valley of Ashes, a gray wasteground between New York and West Egg. The area is watched over by the large disembodied eyes of Dr T J Eckleburg, which stare down from an old billboard poster advertising the services of an optician. One day Tom takes Nick to the Valley of Ashes on their way in to New York, where they visit George Wilson's garage. It turns out that Tom is having an affair with George's wife Myrtle.

Tom takes Nick and Myrtle into New York, where he keeps an apartment in which to have his affair. Joined by Myrtle's sister and another...

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