Page 183. " I see it as a night scene by El Greco "

El Greco (1541-1614) was a Spanish Renaissance artist, sculptor and architect. It is perhaps fitting that Nick's visions come in dreams as El Greco's work was characterised by oddly twisted and elongated figures and fantastical meldings of colour. His individual and fitful style resists conventional artistic definition.


Page 188. " So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. "

The poignant final line of the novel served as the Fitzgeralds' epitaph. They are buried in St Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Rockville, Maryland.