What Was the Buchanans' House Like in "The Great Gatsby"?


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In "The Great Gatsby," Tom and Daisy Buchanan live in a colonial mansion that has marble floors, ivy-covered red-and-white brick walls, French windows and a rose-colored porch. The mansion reminds Nick Carraway of a Southern plantation home.

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The Buchanan mansion, in East Egg, overlooks a bay. Its lawn starts at the beach and stretches to the front door. During his time at the mansion, Nick Carraway is as impressed with the sundials, brick walls and gardens surrounding the mansion as he is with the French windows that run along the front of the home. During the day, the windows reflect the sunlight and appear gold.

During Nick's first visit, he walks along a high hallway into a rose-colored space. The windows overlooking the lawn are open, and a soft breeze causes the curtains to billow. While watching the curtains, Nick notices the ceiling, which he compares to a frosted wedding cake.

Tom Buchanan shows off his mansion several times throughout the novel, usually at one of the lavish parties he throws. Nick doesn't count the number of rooms in the mansion, but he is surprised by how elaborate it is. The Buchanans love their home so much that when greeting Nick during his first visit, Tom Buchanan says, "I've got a nice place here."

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