Mashup: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby/Carl Sandburg’s Gone

Perhaps I’ve watched too many Glee mashups, but as I read “Gone” by Carl Sandburg, quotes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” kept running through my mind. I decided to try to create a literary mashup.


Carey Mulligan is now stuck in my head as Daisy.

Excerpts from “Gone”
by Carl Sandburg
“The Great Gatsby”
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Everyone loved Chick Lorimer in our town.

“They’re a rotten crowd’, I shouted across the lawn. ‘You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”

Far off
Everybody loved her.

“Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth, but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered “Listen,” a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour.”

So we all love a wild girl keeping hold
On a dream she wants.

“All the time something within her was crying for a decision. She wanted her life shaped now, immediately — and the decision must be made by some force — of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality — that was close at hand.”

Nobody knows now where Chick Lorimer went.

“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever is was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.” -The Great Gatsby

Nobody knows why she packed her trunk…a few old things
And is gone,

“As for Tom, the fact that he “had some woman in New York” was really less surprising than that he had been depressed by a book. Something was making him nibble at the edge of stale ideas as if his sturdy physical egotism no longer nourished his peremptory heart.”

Gone with her little chin
Thrust ahead of her

“I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything.” Her eyes flashed around her in a defiant way, rather like Tom’s, and she laughed with thrilling scorn. “Sophisticated — God, I’m sophisticated!”

And her soft hair blowing careless
From under a wide hat,

“For a moment the last sunshine fell with romantic affection upon her glowing face; her voice compelled me forward breathlessly as I listened – then the glow faded, each light deserting her with lingering regret, like children leaving a pleasant street at dusk.”

Dancer, singer, a laughing passionate lover.

“They’re such beautiful shirts,’ she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. ‘It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such – such beautiful shirts before.”

Were there ten men or a hundred hunting Chick?

“His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed like a flower and the incarnation was complete.”

Were there five men or fifty with aching hearts?

“Ah,” she cried, “you look so cool.”
Their eyes met, and they stared together at each other, alone in space. With an effort she glanced down at the table.
“You always look so cool,” she repeated.
She had told him that she loved him, and Tom Buchanan saw.”

Everybody loved Chick Lorimer.

“All I kept thinking about, over and over, was ‘You can’t live forever; you can’t live forever.”

Nobody knows where she’s gone.

“Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.”

The original cover of "The Great Gatsby"

The original cover of “The Great Gatsby”


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