His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it.
The “dream” is Daisy and the world she represents. Gatsby was so close to attaining them after so much hardship that a little strip of water seemed like nothing. But he might as well have been on the other side of the world for all he achieved. His attempts at winning back Daisy were fruitless; he would never be her social equal and she would never be able to stay with him and keep the lifestyle to which she’d grown accustomed.
Bill Gates liked this sentence so much he had it inscribed on the ceiling of the library in his $100 million home.
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