takes Nick to meet Myrtle Wilson, Tom's woman, who lives in a section
of Long Island known as the Valley of Ashes. Her husband, George,
has a gas station and an auto repair shop there and the couple lives
directly above it. It is located in a desolate section on a road
that runs between West Egg and New York. Nearby is a large billboard
upon which is painted a fading advertisement for an optician with
the eyes of a Doctor looking over the area with a pair of glasses.
Tom has Myrtle meet them in the city, where Tom buys her a dog.
They go to visit Myrtle's sister and also visit her neighbors, Catherine
McKee and her husband, who is an artist. They gossip about Gatsby,
and Myrtle discusses her husband, claiming that she was crazy to
marry him, and how she met Tom. The party breaks up when Myrtle
starts using Daisy's name and Tom breaks her nose with a blow of
his open hand.
chapter brings into focus the other two settings of the novel, the
Valley of Ashes and New York City. The Valley is described as being
gray, bleak, and poverty ridden. The most dominant feature of the
area are two huge eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg, a billboard advertisement
of an optometrist. They first take on meaning in subsequent chapters.
New York City is presented as being vibrant and glitzy. In this
setting, Myrtle can give her fantasy full reign and she becomes
lively and boisterous. Tom can indulge in his vulgarity and carry
on his love affair with Myrtle without any concerns.