"He smiled understandingly - much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced - or seemed to face - the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irrestible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just so far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself and assured you that it has precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey."
Daisy Fay Buchanan
"She went with a slightly older crowd - when she went with anyone at all. Wild rumors were circulating about her - how her mother had found her packing her bag one winter night to go to New York and say goodbye to a soldier who was going overseas."
"She was incurably dishonest. She wasn't able to endure being at a disadvantage, and given this unwillingness I suppose she had begun dealing in subterfuges when she was very young in order to keep that cool insolent smile turned to the world ...."