The Great Gatsby Chapter 9 Summary & Analysis
Chapter 9 Summary
After the murder-suicide, the newspapers are full of accounts that Nick describes as distorted and distasteful. Despite his dislike of Gatsby, Nick finds himself the only one to stay on Gatsby’s side during this time.
Nick tries to see Daisy and Tom, but they have left town without leaving any word of where they’ve gone or how to get in touch.
He also tries to track down friends of Gatsby’s, including Meyer Wolfsheim. Wolfsheim does send a letter expressing his sorrow at Gatsby’s death, but also implying that he cannot be in attendance at the funeral.
A telegram later comes from a Henry Gatz in Minnesota, requesting the delay of the funeral until he arrives. Gatz, Gatsby’s father, arrives and explains that he read about the tragedy in a Chicago newspaper. Gatz is affected less with sorrow than with pride and awe regarding his son’s accomplishments.
Later, a call comes from Gatsby’s former “boarder,” Klipspringer. From the address he gives, it is clear he is parasitizing another wealthy person now. Rather than asking the details of Gatsby’s funeral, Klipspringer is attempting to recover a pair of shoes left at the deceased’s home. Nick hangs up on him.
The day of the funeral, Nick goes to visit Wolfsheim. After some difficulty, Nick manages to see him. Wolfsheim recalls meeting Gatsby as a poor young soldier, just back from the war. He took Gatsby under his wing, and introduced him to criminal enterprise. Wolfsheim explains that it would be unwise for him to attend the funeral due to the violent circumstances of his death, despite the close friendship between Wolfsheim and Gatsby.
Back at Gatsby’s home, a sentimental Gatz shows some items formerly belonging to his son, like a schedule he made as a child including daily items such as exercising and studying inventions.
Ultimately, aside from Nick and Gatz, and some servants and the local postman, the only person in attendance at the rainy funeral is the owl-eyed man from the first party Nick attended at Gatsby’s. Upon seeing the turnout, “Owl-Eyes” remarks: “The poor son-of-a-bitch.”
Although Nick has always viewed the densely populated East as…