#1. Painting
The Eighth of March--Island Ice, Greenland,external image 1950.8.12_1b.jpg
1894, Peary and Party near 6 p.m. 1893
Smithsonian American Art Museum
1950.8.12

By: Frank Wilbert Stokes
Oil on canvas
5 1/2 x 8 5/8 in.




















This painting is connected to the green light in The Great Gabsy.

Nick thought at the end of the first chapter:


"I decided to call to him. Miss Baker has mentioned him at dinner, and that would do for an introduction. But I didn't call to him, for he gave a sudden intimation that he was content to be alone - he stretched out his arms toward the dark water in a curious way, and, far as I was from him, I could have sworn he was trembling. Involuntarily I glanced seaward and distinguished nothing except a single green light, minute and far way, that might have been the end of a dock. When I looked once more for Gabsy he had vanished, and I was alone again in the unquiet darkness."




Later on in the last chapter, the book ends with:


"And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——"



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