While attending Princeton University, Fitzgerald struggled immensely with his grades and spent most of his time catering to his ¡§social¡¨ needs. He became quite involved with the Princeton Triangle Club, an undergraduate club which wrote and produced a lively musical comedy each fall, and performed it during the Christmas vacation in a dozen major cities across the country. Fitzgerald was also elected to ¡§Cottage,¡¨ which was one of the big four clubs at Princeton. ¡§Its lavish weekend parties in impressive surroundings, which attracted girls from New York, Philadelphia and beyond, may well have provided the first grain of inspiration for Fitzgerald¡¦s portrayal of Jay Gatsby¡¦s fabulous parties on Long Island¡¨ (Meyers, 27).
Although Fitzgerald was a ¡§social butterfly¡¨ while at Princeton, he never had any girlfriends. However, at a Christmas dance in St. Paul, MN during his sophomore year, he met Ginevra King, a sophisticated sixteen-year-old who was visiting her roommate, and immediately fell in love with her. Although Scott loved Ginevra to the point of infatuation, she was too self-absorbed to notice. Their one-sided romance persisted for the next two years. Fitzgerald would send hundreds of letters, but Ginevra, who thought them to be clever but unimportant, destroyed them in 1917. The following year, Ginevra sent Scott a letter that announced her marriage to a naval ensign. Just before Fitzgerald was to meet with Ginevra after a twenty-year absence, he proclaimed to his daughter, with mixed feelings of regret and nostalgia: ¡§She was the first girl I ever loved and have faithfully avoided seeing her up t...
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...ed by someone who had actually endured such feelings. For in The Great Gatsby, ¡§Fitzgerald uses fiction to tell his own story-- reflecting on the superior and brutal qualities of the rich and on the impossibility of becoming one of them¡¨ (Meyers, 123).
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