‘Come to lunch some day,’ he [Mr McKee] suggested, as we groaned down the elevator.
‘Keep your hands off the lever,’ snapped the elevator boy.
‘I beg your pardon,’ said Mr McKee with dignity, ‘I didn’t know I was touching it.’
‘All right,’ I agreed, ‘I’ll be glad to.’
…I was standing beside his bed and he was sitting up between the sheets, clad in his underwear, with a great portfolio in his hands.
‘Beauty and the Beast…Loneliness…Old Grocery Horse…Brook’n Bridge…’
Then I was lying half asleep in the lower level of the Pennsylvania Station, staring at the morning Tribune, and waiting for the four o’clock train.”
— The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald. A telling scene between narrator Nick Carraway and photographer Mr. McKee that was omitted in Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic adaptation and explored in The Atlantic’s “The Great Gatsby Movie Needed to Be More Gay.” See also: Salon‘s “Nick Carraway is Gay and in Love with Gatsby.” See also: F. Scott Fitzgerald in drag. Just ’cause.