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周e ‘death car’ as the newspapers called it, didn’t stop;
it came out of the gathering darkness, wavered tragically
for a moment and then disappeared around the next bend.
Michaelis wasn’t even sure of its color—he told the ﬁrst po-
liceman that it was light green. 周e other car, the one going
toward New York, came to rest a hundred yards beyond,
and its driver hurried back to where Myrtle Wilson, her life
violently extinguished, knelt in the road and mingled her
thick, dark blood with the dust.
Michaelis and this man reached her ﬁrst but when they
had torn open her shirtwaist still damp with perspiration,
they saw that her le晴 breast was swinging loose like a ﬂap
and there was no need to listen for the heart beneath. 周e
mouth was wide open and ripped at the corners as though
she had choked a little in giving up the tremendous vitality
she had stored so long.
We saw the three or four automobiles and the crowd
when we were still some distance away.
‘Wreck!’ said Tom. ‘周at’s good. Wilson’ll have a little
business at last.’
He slowed down, but still without any intention of stop-
ping until, as we came nearer, the hushed intent faces of the
people at the garage door made him automatically put on
‘We’ll take a look,’ he said doubtfully, ‘just a look.’
I became aware now of a hollow, wailing sound which is-
sued incessantly from the garage, a sound which as we got
out of the coupé and walked toward the door resolved it-
self into the words ‘Oh, my God!’ uttered over and over in